HOW ACQUIRED: Signed by Sporting Kansas City on December 23, 2014.
The reigning MLS Comeback Player of the year, Tim Melia is hoping to keep hold of his place in Coach Vermes' starting lineup. In addition to his individual accolade, Melia also played a crucial role in the penalty shootout victory for Sporting against Philadelphia in the US Open Cup Final. He was also recognized as the MLS Player of the Week for Week 31 of the 2016 season. Although last year was his first as a teams primary starter in MLS, he spent plenty of time learning under MLS All-Stars Nick Rimando and Dan Kennedy at previous stops at Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA.
Outside MLS: Professional career began in 2008 with the Rochester Rhinos in the USL First Division. Made 14 league appearances (4-3-7) over two seasons with 62 saves, six shutouts and a 0.98 goals against average. Saw action in three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches (1-1-1) with 13 saves and a 1.10 goals against average en route to a semifinal berth in the 2009 edition of the competition.
College: Melia finished his collegiate career as one of the top goalkeepers to ever attend Lynn University, finishing in the Fighting Knights’ all-time top-five in shutouts (18) and selected as the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Year.