Ryan Meara might deserve to be the No. 1 goalkeeper for an MLS team, but the Red Bulls’ back-up keeper isn’t going anywhere.
The Red Bulls announced Friday that they signed Crestwood, N.Y. native to a new MLS contract. Meara, 31, has agreed a new two-year MLS contract through 2024 with an option for an additional year in 2025.
“We are pleased to keep Ryan at the club for upcoming years,” sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “Ryan has proved to be a great goalkeeper, great leader, and a great teammate within our locker room, and we are very pleased to keep him at the club.”
Meara was taken in 2012 MLS SuperDraft and has spent 10 seasons with the club.
During this campaign, Meara played in two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, recording two victories and one shutout. He has earned nine career Open Cup victories and has played in 15 matches in the competition, the most by any player in franchise history. Meara helped the Red Bulls to the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final after recording two shutouts in five matches.
Meara has played in 37 career MLS matches for the Red Bulls, posting seven shutouts.
“I am very happy to have Ryan with us for years to come,” Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “He has an exceptional attitude and works hard every day to help the club reach its goals.”
Meara was a four-year starter at Fordham University, where he was a three-time All-Atlantic selection. He holds Fordham’s career record for shutouts (31) and was named Atlantic 10 Conference defensive player of the year as a senior in 2011.