Bryan Meredith is ready to go in goal for Sounders FC. He’s already won a national title in 2011 with the Kitsap Pumas.
by David Falk
A kid from New Jersey made it big in Bremerton. Now his career is even bigger as a goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders. On Wednesday night when starter Michael Gspurning went out with a hip issue, Bryan Meredith came in and shut out the Los Angeles Galaxy for a half in Seattle’s 2:0 victory.
“I found out right when we came in at halftime…Things went swimmingly for most of the game,” says Meredith of how he got the news and how it went. “They only had a few shots, a few crosses, so there wasn’t much to do. In the early stage, it was important for me to get my hands on the ball and kind of settle down. The team played great, Fredy [Montero] had the ‘Goal of the Week’ I’m sure. Getting that second goal really was important, as well.”
No time for nerves
“I didn’t really have much time to be nervous or realize anything but having that first early shot and relatively easy save helped me calm my nerves. You have to be ready on the bench at any second to come in.”
Suddenly, Meredith was far away from the cozy crowds of the Kitsap Pumas at Bremerton’s Memorial Stadium, and thrust into action before over 39,000 fans and TV cameras in downtown Seattle. The atmosphere impressed him. “It’s amazing. It’s why we have the best fans in the league, no doubt. Everybody knows that. It’s good that I don’t have to play with them cheering at me rather than cheering for me. It was very fun.”
Meredith in the Media
The media have been all over the switch, reporting in several articles. Gspurning was to have an MRI. The Sounders are confident in Meredith if he needs to start on Saturday against Philadelphia. It’s very possible that Meredith is only hours away from his first MLS start. Gpsurning could be held out against the Union.