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December 18, 2012
Red Bulls sign Meara to a new contract

Ryan Meara had to be happy that the Red Bulls gave him a new contract.
Ryan Meara had to be happy that the Red Bulls gave him a new contract.
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After a superb rookie season that was cut short by a hip injury, the Red Bulls have awarded goalkeeper Ryan Meara to a new contract, the Major League Soccer club announced on Tuesday.

Meara, a Fordham graduate, displayed unusual poise for a first-year keeper. Not many rookie goalkeepers start on a regular basis in MLS, let alone the rest of the world.

No details -- including the length -- were released about Meara's contract, but it was xpected to be more than the $33,750 he earned in 2012 (figures supplied by the MLS Players Union).

“Ryan, a local boy, has impressed our coaching staff and has the potential to be a top goalkeeper,” Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement. “He is recovering well from his injury problem and should be fully fit to join the first team squad in preseason training. We are delighted to sign him on a new contract.”

An early contender for MLS rookie of the year before undergoing season-ending hip surgery on Aug. 23, Meara had a strong first pro season.

After he was chosen in the second round (31st overall) in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Meara earned the starting role in preseason and started in 18 games, registering a 9-5-4 record and a 1.50 goals against average.

The Yonkers, N.Y. native set the shutout record for a rookie goalkeeper, not conceding a goal in 321 minutes while helping the Red Bulls to a five-match winning streak from April 28 to May 19.
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