Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia has enjoyed a fabulous MLS career. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

By Michael Lewis Editor

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia has added another honor to his collection of accolades.

The East Islip, N.Y. native has been named to the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame (Suffolk County, Long Island).

Melia was among 26 individuals who will be honored at East Wind in Wading River, N.Y. on May 18.

“We are very proud of this year’s induction class,” Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame president Chris R. Vaccaro said in a statement. “These individuals represent the past, present, and future of sporting excellence at various levels of athletics in our county. I can’t wait to celebrate this spring.”

Induction ceremonies are scheduled for May 18 at East Wind in Wading River, N.Y.

Melia showed patience and persistence to become of the most reliable Major League Soccer goalkeepers. After playing with the Rochester Rhinos, Melia performed with seven teams, including the Charleston Battery and F.C. New York in the USL and Real Salt Lake, Chivas USA, FC Dallas and D.C. United in MLS.

In 2017, the 36-year-old Melia has been voted the Major League Soccer goalkeeper of the year.

A graduate of East Islip H.S., Melia put together his strongest season that year, leading the league with a 0.78 goals-against average and 78.4 save percentage among goalkeepers to make at least 15 regular-season appearances. His 10 shutouts also ranked second in the league.

Born in Great River, N.Y., Melia graduated from East Islip High School. He played his college soccer at SUNY-Oneonta and Lynn University. He also performed for the Long Island Rough Riders in the Premier Development League.

Melia also backstopped SKC’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship teams in 2015 and 2017, while being named player of the tournament in the latter competition.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at