In the latest issue of First Touch Magazine (also available online
), writer Zak Van Buren catches up with Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara following his first career MLS win
. Among the topics covered, Meara discusses how he first decided to become a goalkeeper, what his recruitment process was like and life as a New York soccer fan. Here's what he had to say about handling the pressure of being a goalkeeper:
"Of course as the last line of defense, there’s that added sense of pressure, you can’t make too many big mistakes in goal, if you do, there’s a good chance that the ball’s ending up in the back of the net. As a keeper you not only have to be able to cope with that pressure but really embrace it. You have to enjoy knowing that your play, good or bad, will have a substantial impact on the outcome of the game. The challenge of that pressure is something that I actually really enjoy."
Read the rest of Meara's interview with First Touch here