New York Red Bulls: Hans Backe, Let Ryan Meara Play for Ireland

Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara has had quite a season since being drafted 31st overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.On Tuesday, his stock rose again, with a call-up to the Ireland under-21 national team. However, New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe decided he won’t let Meara go to a camp at the end of the month that culminates in a friendly against Denmark and a European Championship qualifier against Italy. Backe told Big Apple Soccer: I just told him we will turn it down. He wants to play; I don’t want [it], so that’s why. Backe’s decision in this situation was terrible. At the very least, he should back it up with more than just that he doesn’t want Meara to play. The friendly against Denmark is June 4, at the start of a weeklong international break in the MLS schedule. However, because it’s just an under-21 call-up, the Red Bulls aren’t required to release Meara to Noel King’s Irish team. Still, getting a rookie goalkeeper more experience at a high level would be good for both the player and the team. There are only benefits to be had from letting Meara play for Ireland. New York doesn’t have ...
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MLS Weekend Preview: First vs. First, Second vs. Second

Top and bottom teams collide this weekend in Major League Soccer play. Both ends of the table have early-season six-pointers on tap, with the top two teams in the league clashing, as well as the third- and fourth-placed teams.On the other end of the standings, teams that really shouldn't be there (Los Angeles and Portland, to name two) have an opportunity to climb off the foot of the rankings at the expense of the other.The lack of national television coverage this weekend will not help the league's image, with only one game beamed across the nation. But this is shaping up to be the most important and exciting weekend of the young season, so find a local affiliate televising a local club, or subscribe to MLS Live to get the full experience.With games such as these kicking off, fans won't want to miss it.Begin Slideshow
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