Although the Seattle Sounders didn’t lose any players who logged significant first-team minutes for them last year, they did not escape the MLS Expansion Draft completely unscathed. With the fifth pick Inter Miami took Bryan Meredith, presumably to be their backup goalkeeper.
“He’s got a ton of experience and been around a really top club,” Inter Miami GM Paul McDonough said during the live stream.
Meredith has only made one first-team appearance since being reaquired by the Sounders before the 2017 season, but had made 25 appearances for the USL team over the same time period and had served as Stefan Frei’s primary backup. This year, Meredith had also served as a bit of an on-field tutor for Trey Muse, who struggled in early-season appearances for the Tacoma Defiance before finishing the season on a much stronger note.
The 30-year-old was possibly best known for his distinct clothing style, his sense of humor and his social activity, such as the open letter he wrote in support of Pride Week.
This had been Meredith’s second stint with the Sounders after he was originally picked in the second round of the 2011 SuperDraft. Meredith made 12 first-team appearances in 2012, including three shutouts and then spent a year in Sweden with IK Brage before finding his way back to MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes from 2014-2016.
Aside from the $50,000 in General Allocation Money that the Sounders will receive as compensation for Meredith, they will also be exempted from next year’s Expansion Draft when Austin FC are scheduled to join the league.