MLS- New York Red Bulls

Ryan Meara out for the season

Meara (Getty Images)


Ryan Meara’s magical rookie season has come to an abrupt end.

SBI has learned that the former Red Bulls starting keeper will undergo hip surgery that will effectively end his first professional season.

“Yes, it will be a season ending (surgery),” Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe confirmed after Thursday’s training session

Meara, a New York native and Fordham University product, started 18 matches for the team this season, accumulating 1620 minutes in net, and allowing all of 27 goals against for a respectable 1.5 GAA.  He picked up three clean sheets for New York en route to what was an MLS rookie of the year-caliber season.  His play even caught the attention of the U-21 Irish National team earlier in the season – an opportunity he decided to forgo in order to focus on his first year in MLS.

Meara picked up the injury in a collision during a July 8th encounter against the New England Revolution.

The announcement sheds some light on a few of the Red Bulls recent moves, including the addition of the red hot Bill Gaudette last July and the surprising allocation pick up of former American international, Luis Robles. 

Since becoming the team’s starter, Gaudette has played superbly for New York, leading the team with a 4-2-1 record through seven matches and earning three clean sheets in that time.  The effort has been more than enough for Backe to hand the reign’s of the net to the Puerto Rican international.

“Luis (Robles) has only been here for 10 days or something like that, but Bill (Gaudette) has been playing well for us and he will still be our first choice,” Backe said.

Still, the Red Bulls boss knows he has plenty of options to play with. 

“I also saw on video and I heard that Luis played phenomenal against Montreal last Tuesday with the reserves, so that’s a very good sign. And of course, we shouldn’t forget Jeremy (Vuolo) still, we have a third one in Jeremy who will improve all the time.”


What do you think of this development? 

Share your thoughts below.

  • Bob

    Huge bummer for Ryan. I’m curious if RBNY operated w/ Robles as insurance or if they saw this coming and just didn’t go public. Though I heard the keeper coach has been asking for for for awhile anyways. Thoughts and prayers for a full recovery for Ryan !


  • Brain Guy

    Terrible news for Meara, who was the league’s biggest surprise success over the first part of the season. But kudos to Soler/Backe for acquiring Gaudette and Robles. How many clubs can lose their starting GK and still have that kind of depth at the position?


  • Nate Dollars

    sucks for ryan; he was having a great year. i’m not sorry that nyrb won’t have him in goal when they come here next week, but I guess gaudette’s no slouch, either.


  • Garp

    You say “Puerta Rican international” as if he’s actually a born-citizen of Puerto Rico. Not the case. As you likely know, Gaudette went to St. John’s after attending high school in Central Pennsylvania.


  • mike

    So….Guiseppe Rossi grew up in Clifton, went to high school in NJ…plays for Italian Nat’l team…your point??


  • patrick

    no, he said “puerto rican international” as if he’s their goalkeeper…. which he is. Is Jermaine Jones not an American International?


  • Dillon

    Puerto Rican International means he has played soccer internationally for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican national would mean he is from Puerto Rico.


  • Sean Kelliher

    Gaudette ended up on the Puerto Rican National team because of his years playing for the D2 Puerto Rican Islanders. Any American is eligible to play for PR if they live there for at least two years. If you look at PR’s roster you’ll see mostly American-born Puerto Rican Islander players.

    Gaudette recently won some praise in Europe for playing out of his mind in a friendly against Spain in Puerto Rico. Spain won 2-1, but it would have been 8-1 without Gaudette.


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