Ryan Meara stood on his head for the Red Bulls Sunday. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
Regardless who stands in goal for the Red Bulls against the Philadelphia Union Saturday night, the Red Bulls have plenty of confidence in both their goalkeepers.
Head coach Jesse Marsch’s decision probably will depend on the health of veteran Luis Robles, who MLS-record streak of 183 games was snapped last week due to a knee injury.
Back-up Ryan Meara took over and never lost a beat, making several vital saves in a 3-1 triumph at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday night.
Marsch wasn’t certain whether Robles was healthy enough to start a new streak at Red Bull Arena just yet.
“Well keep moving him along,” he said. “Not sure if he’ll be ready for the weekend, but he’ll be close.”
Meara certainly has proved to be a viable option. His teammates certainly have plenty of confidence in him.
“He is here every day and we know what he is capable of and I think some people don’t get to see that as much as we do,” center back Tim Parker said. “We know we were confident of him and what he was able to do and I think he showed, not only us, that he was able to step in but obviously the fans and the rest of the league as well.”
Added Marsch: “Anytime we get the chance to give a guy an opportunity, especially a guy that has waited so carefully and so intently and he gets this chance and he performs like that, it is a great moment for him and for all of us. Like we knew, he is a guy that we can count on.”
A Fordham University graduate, Meara doesn’t necessarily like sitting the bench, but he has brought the best attitude to the table.
“You can either be miserable because you’re on the bench and you know kind of just walk through training and get out of here as soon as it’s over, but I try to enjoy everything because at the end of the day,” he said. “Yeah, I would love to be the starter, but you still get to show up and play soccer for a living. So, it could always be a lot worse.”