SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ryan Meara

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High-quality performances are becoming the norm for New York Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara.

Meara posted his third straight shutout in a mid-week match against the Houston Dynamo before coming up big down the stretch against the Philadelphia Union to preserve the Red Bulls' fourth victory in a row and capture SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors for the third consecutive week.

This week, Meara beat out the likes of San Jose's Sam Garza, who notched his first assist on a game-tying goal; Philadelphia's Ray Gaddis, who turned in another strong performance in defense for the Union; and Chicago's Austin Berry, who has thrived since becoming a starter at centerback and was a big part of the Fire's scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake and win over Sporting Kansas City.

What did you think of Meara's performances this week? Was there another rookie you considered more impressive? What other rookies did you enjoy watching this past week?

Share your thoughts below.

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11 Responses to SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ryan Meara

  1. Yellow Submarine says:

    I think his haircut negates his eligibility for the award this week.

  2. Dimidri says:

    I know it’s cool to try being all high and mighty like Germany towards the Germamericans and say ‘psh don’t need him-we got a dozen better before and after him’ but a) who knows and b) probably not. Should fight this dude going to the country of his GRANDPA. If we qualified for the Olympics he would be my keeper on current form.

  3. malkin says:

    I’m wondering the same thing… is he committed (personally, not cap-tied obviously) to Ireland? Or are they just the only ones showing interest at the moment?

  4. Brain Guy says:

    He says he has not decided. Sounds like he jumped at a possible opportunity, with the effect of getting on the radar screen for two federations. It’s very early in his career, but on current form he is at least competitive with Johnson and Hamid.

  5. marco says:

    I agree, if Meara wins this Shea will take MVP.

  6. agnigrin says:

    He is better than Hamid and Johnson. Meara has similar cat-like reflexes but he handles crosses way better than both of those two guys! Achtung! Klinsi get on the phone pronto!

  7. Bromigo says:

    Well, Ryan Mearbro is defintely ugly enough to make the Ireland squad.

  8. Red Card says:

    Who was the blogger that said the Red Bulls had a terrible superdraft?

  9. ehhh says:

    meara is class but hamid still has to be the #1 today. meara is obviously better in the air but hamid is experience and the superior athlete in my mind. i think after this season, my opinion will change given what i know about ryan meara

  10. GW says:

    As far as those three guys go, it is way too soon to tell how they good they will be in the coming years.

    Whatever is wrong with any of them, at this point, can be fixed.

    The main question is will it ever happen? Who knows?

  11. Ted in MN says:

    While I won’t be convinced he’s truly international quality till he shaves his head, let’s not let Ireland take him out from under our noses.