Bryan Meredith

Inter Miami CF selects Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Bryan Meredith with fifth pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft

Inter Miami CF selected Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Bryan Meredith with the fifth pick in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft on Tuesday.

The Sounders originally drafted Meredith, 30, in the Second Round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft out of Monmouth University in New Jersey, where he led the nation in goals against average as a junior. Meredith spent the majority of his rookie season on loan with the Kitsap Pumas of the PDL, making 15 appearances, before he was recalled for a start against CF Monterrey in the Concacaf Champions League.

In his second season in Seattle, Meredith started 12 MLS matches, earning three shutouts. He then left the Rave Green after the 2012 campaign, first signing with IK Bruge in Sweden before joining up with the New York Cosmos of the NASL.

After three seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes, Meredith returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2017. He would spend three seasons with the Sounders, starting one league match in 2018 against the Portland Timbers. A goalkeeper with ample experience, he provided a veteran presence for a young Tacoma Defiance team, starting 25 matches in the USL Championship across three seasons. In 2019, Meredith notched 34 saves from eight starts with the Defiance.

Meredith also started five matches for the Rave Green in the U.S. Open Cup, including a man-of-the-match performance in a 2-1 loss to Sacramento Republic in 2018, when he produced seven saves to get Seattle to extra time.

Per MLS rules, Inter Miami CF and fellow expansion side Nashville SC were each granted five picks in the Expansion Draft, with each existing team to lose no more than one player from an unprotected list. Teams were allowed to protect 12 players, with Homegrown Players and Generation adidas players exempt.

Miami also selected New York City FC’s Ben Sweat, FC Cincinnati’s Alvas Powell, LAFC’s Lee Nguyen and the Columbus Crew’s Luis Argudo.

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