There were rumors of this last week. Today, the signing becomes official though, as the Seattle Sounders have added Bryan Meredith to their roster. The rookie goalkeeper had an extraordinary year with the Kitsap Pumas and it seems his eternal battle with Josh Ford will continue.
Their training camp battle went to the final moments and I would not be surprised to see either one as the 2nd keeper for any given game. Depending on the results in CONCACAF Champions League over the next two weeks one may even get to start a match or two in that tournament.
Meredith's signing also gives a bit of insight into how Jeremiah and I will handle rumors and what not. Both of us have a background in journalism - education and professional work. For us, the SB Nation motto of "Pro Quality, Fan Opinion" is a truism. It is how we conduct ourselves, at least in an ideal. Things like sourcing matter. Tenses matter. Though I struggle with homonyms mightly due to my radio background we try to get things right and proper. We had insight at the time the rumor originally came out that no signing had occurred, and while it was probably going to happen it was not yet a fact. Neither of us knew that it would be true, well, until it was. It is now.
We promise you that when we know something we will post it. When a credible source is mentioned we will address it. Just see our coverage of the rumors regarding Tagoe, Cisse and others. But sometimes we may not feel that something is yet worthy of a post, in that case we set it aside and wait until it meets our standards. For us being right is more important than being first and wrong. Other places may do things differently, and that's fine. It doesn't make them wrong, or bad. It just makes them not us.
Back to the matter at hand - Bryan Meredith is now a Sounder for real, and not just one practicing in the mornings in Tukwila and taking the ferry to Bremerton to practice again with the team paying his contract.
Club Release Follows
Sounders FC Signs Goalkeeper Bryan Meredith
RENTON, WASH. - Seattle Sounders FC has signed goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, the club announced today. Meredith was Seattle's fourth pick and 29th overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.
A native of New Jersey, Meredith, 22, was a three-year starter at Monmouth University. He trained with Seattle throughout the 2011 preseason and started in net for the nearby USL Premier Development League champions Kitsap Pumas. Meredith started Kitsap's 2-1 loss to Sounders FC in the U.S. Open Cup third round on June 28.
"We are excited to add Bryan Meredith to our roster," said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson. "He will join Kasey Keller and Josh Ford in the nets for us. Bryan had a solid season this year in the USL and had some fantastic games. We expect he will continue to progress under goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra."
Meredith was named to the 2010 All-Northeast Conference first team and NEC Tournament MVP as a senior at Monmouth. As a junior, Meredith led the nation in goals against average (0.306) and also led all NEC keepers with 12 shutouts.
Seattle travels to Costa Rica for a CONCACAF Champions League group stage match against CS Herediano at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday night. Sounders FC then returns home for an MLS match against D.C. United on Saturday night. First kick is 6 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) - Signed GK Bryan Meredith
Place of Birth: Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Hometown (Citizenship): Scotch Plains, New Jersey (USA)
College: Monmouth University