The New York Red Bulls announced the re-signing of goalkeeper Ryan Meara to a multi-year contract. His contract expired at the end of the 2016 season.
The Red Bulls also announced that the contracts of Damien Perrinelle, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kyle Reynish, and Aurelien Collin have expired.
Meara spent the majority of last season on loan with the club's reserve team, NYRB II, in the USL. He played 21 matches and allowed 16 goals, while leading the squad to the regular season and playoff championship. He also made two senior team appearances, playing in the US Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League.
Meara was drafted by the Red Bulls in the 2012 SuperDraft. He's made 29 career league and cup appearances. The 26-year old New York native spent the 2015 season on loan with New York City FC.
The question now becomes, what will Meara's role be next season? He could continue to dominate USL with the reserve team, getting match experience against opposition that doesn't provide him with a real challenge. The other, less appealing option is that he spends the season as Luis Robles' back up on the game day roster; barring a major injury, he wouldn't get playing time outside of cup matches. For now, he's still the Red Bulls' "keeper of the future", as Robles should hold onto the starting job for the next few years.