Sounders FC goalkeeper Bryan Meredith has had an up-and-down season so far. After starting the season as the club’s No. 3 goalkeeper behind Michael Gspurning and Andrew Weber, he found himself on the field at the start of the second half against defending MLS Cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy because of an injury.
He acquitted himself well and went on to start the next seven games before being dropped out of the lineup after a couple of shaky performances. After Weber strained a groin at New England, and with Gspurning still out, Meredith got another chance to start against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Prost Amerika caught up with the rookie goalkeeper after the game.
Salt Lake is a difficult place to play; how did you find the experience?
“I thought we played well. There’s a lot of positives to take out of this game. I think it’s one of our better games we’ve played in a while. We played to zero in the back. Unfortunately, we couldn’t put any goals away up front, but those will come. We’re making chances, so that’ll come. As long as we keep it at zero in the back, we’ll always give ourselves a chance to win.”
You were better protected today than you were in Montreal. What was the difference between this game and that game?
“Honestly, I think everybody from me to the last guy on the bench played their heart out tonight, bringing as much as they could, just emptied their tank out. I think that’s what we’re going to need to win games and to compete against good teams like Salt Lake. It’s hard to come up here and play in the altitude — it’s tough — but I think we came out and did well.”
Did regaining the starting job feel any different than from the first time?
“It was pretty much the same way I got it both times: unfortunate luck for some people, fortunate luck for me. I think it just gave me a second chance to prove myself, and I think this opportunity, rather than the last one, is a little bit more important because they have an expectation now of how I can play, so they want me to exceed that expectation every game.”
Do you feel like you played any differently than in your last game?
“I think just being mentally switched on the entire 90 minutes and being connected to the back line, and the back line connected to the midfield, is the reason why we did well.”
Your old team, the Kitsap Pumas, are on top of the league table ahead of three MLS clubs. Have you been following it at all?
“I am. I’m actually going to try to get to the game on Friday against the Sounders, so hopefully that will be a fun match.”
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