Tony Meola

Tony Meola
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Goalkeeper
  • 6' 1"
  • 205 lbs.
  • 02-21-1969
  • Belleville, NJ

Tony Meola will go down as not only one of the greatest American goalkeepers, but one of the best American players of all time.

Meola burst onto the MLS scene at the league’s birth in 1996, starring in goal for the New York Metrostars. He made 90 appearances from 1996-1998 and led the league in shutouts with nine in its inaugural season.

After the 1998 season, Meola was traded to the Kansas City Wizards where his success continued. In 2000, Meola had a career year in which he swept nearly every honor available. In addition to winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award and Goalkeeper of the Year, he proved a dominant force between the pipes for KC on their road to winning the 2000 MLS Cup. He led the league with 16 clean sheets and was named MLS Cup MVP.

After an injury kept Meola out of goalkeeping duty following the 2004 season, he was re-acquired by the Metrostars (now the New York Red Bulls) in June 2005. Meola was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI following the 2005 season, and he would make 35 appearances for New York from 2005-2006 before leaving MLS for good in 2007.

OTHER:

Before the formation of Major League Soccer in 1996, Meola played briefly in England for Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford. He also played in an indoor league from 1994-1995 for the Buffalo Blizzard. He would return to the indoor ranks in 2007 for two years when he suited up for the New Jersey Ironmen before ultimately retiring in 2008.

Meola was a staple in goal for the United States National Team for 18 years, debuting for the Red, White, and Blue in 1988 against Ecuador. He earned his 100th, and final, cap in 2006.

HONORS:

MLS MVP: 2000

MLS Goalkeeper of the Year: 2000

MLS Cup: 2000

MLS Cup MVP: 2000

Single-Season Shutout Record: 16

MLS All-Time Best XI

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

Year Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
2006 New York Red Bulls 20 20 1800 5 91 29 1 1 2 9 9
2005 MetroStars 15 15 1350 2 83 28 0 0 6 5 4
2004 Kansas City Wizards 21 21 1890 7 76 22 2 2 9 7 5
2003 Kansas City Wizards 30 30 2789 4 121 44 6 6 11 10 9
2002 Kansas City Wizards 17 17 1519 3 65 21 0 2 6 5 5
2001 Kansas City Wizards 17 17 1534 4 80 28 2 3 7 8 2
2000 Kansas City Wizards 31 31 2826 16 129 29 3 6 15 7 9
1999 Kansas City Wizards 9 9 765 3 36 10 0 0 1 8 0
1998 MetroStars 31 31 2790 4 164 62 5 5 14 17 0
1997 MetroStars 30 30 2683 5 149 48 4 6 12 18 0
1996 MetroStars 29 29 2610 9 142 38 3 4 14 15 0
Career Totals 250 250 22556 62 1136 359 26 35 97 109 43

2006 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season New York Red Bulls 20 20 1800 5 91 29 1 1 2 9 9
MLS Playoffs New York Red Bulls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2005 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season MetroStars 15 15 1350 2 83 28 0 0 6 5 4
MLS Playoffs MetroStars 2 2 180 1 11 3 0 0 1 1 0

2004 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Kansas City Wizards 21 21 1890 7 76 22 2 2 9 7 5
MLS Playoffs Kansas City Wizards 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2003 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Kansas City Wizards 30 30 2789 4 121 44 6 6 11 10 9
MLS Playoffs Kansas City Wizards 3 3 297 1 10 4 0 0 1 1 1

2002 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Kansas City Wizards 17 17 1519 3 65 21 0 2 6 5 5
MLS Playoffs Kansas City Wizards 3 3 279 0 13 9 1 1 1 2 0

2001 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Kansas City Wizards 17 17 1534 4 80 28 2 3 7 8 2
MLS Playoffs Kansas City Wizards 3 3 270 1 9 4 0 0 1 2 0

2000 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Kansas City Wizards 31 31 2826 16 129 29 3 6 15 7 9
MLS Playoffs Kansas City Wizards 7 7 659 5 30 4 1 1 4 1 2

1999 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Kansas City Wizards 9 9 765 3 36 10 0 0 1 8 0

1998 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season MetroStars 31 31 2790 4 164 62 5 5 14 17 0
MLS Playoffs MetroStars 2 2 180 0 4 6 0 0 0 2 0

1997 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season MetroStars 30 30 2683 5 149 48 4 6 12 18 0

1996 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season MetroStars 29 29 2610 9 142 38 3 4 14 15 0
MLS Playoffs MetroStars 3 3 270 0 19 5 1 1 1 2 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves

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