Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Red Bull New York announced Thursday that goalkeeper Ryan Meara has been loaned to local rival New York City FC for the 2015 season.
"Ryan Meara is a very promising young goalkeeper and has great potential," said RBNY sporting director Andy Roxburgh. "But, due to the form of Luis Robles, Ryan was not getting enough competitive games and this year-long loan deal will offset that problem. We'll be monitoring his progress with great interest."
Meara was drafted by the Red Bulls in the second round (31st pick) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft out of Fordham University. He made 18 appearances in his first season with the club, posting a 9-5-4 record with three shutouts and 1.50 goals against average before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in August. He did not make a regular-season appearance in the 2013 and 2014 seasons but started in New York's three U.S. Open Cup games (2013 and 2014) and all four CONCACAF Champions League games in 2014.
A player on intraleague loan may not compete against his former team during the MLS season (includes MLS games and all other competitions) and must remain with his new team for the entire season, per MLS rules.
As part of the loan agreement, the Red Bulls acquired midfielder Sal Zizzo on a permanent basis. Zizzo was chosen by NYCFC in Wednesday's expansion draft from Sporting Kansas City. He has spent five seasons in MLS with Chivas USA, the Portland Timbers and most recently SKC.