New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara joined the Irish squad for a training session in New Jersey yesterday ahead of their friendly with Portugal tonight. This marked the American born shotstopper’s first time training with the national side.
Meara is a native of Yonkers in New York first expressed interested in playing international football for Ireland in 2012 after breaking into the Red Bulls’ first team. He has since lost his starting goalkeeper status to Luis Robles.
Meara, 23, was called up for Noel King’s U-21 squad two years ago and is now looking to break into the senior team.
“We thought it was an opportunity and he came and trained with us. He’s going to come to our game tomorrow night with his grandfather so we’ll keep an eye on things,” Manager Martin O’Neill told the Irish Independent.
When asked if he had plans bring Meara into the Irish set up in the future O’Neill said, “You wouldn’t dismiss it anyway.”
“You know what? I’d obviously need to see more of him. It would be hard to make a judgment on a 15-minute game in one training session.”
Ireland take on Portugal at the Met Life Stadium in New Jersey tonight at 12:45 am Irish time.