HOW ACQUIRED: Signed by Sporting Kansas City on December 23, 2014.
The 2017 season is Melia's third as Sporting KC's starting goalkeeper. He had his breakthrough season in 2015, when he was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year and he proved the hero during the penalty-kick shootout victory in the 2015 US Open Cup Final. He started another 29 matches in all competitions for the club in 2016.
Melia paid his dues as a back-up during previous MLS seasons with Real Salt Lake (2010-2011) and Chivas USA (2012-2014), serving an apprenticeship under MLS All-Stars Nick Rimando and Dan Kennedy.
Outside MLS: His 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 US 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.