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April 2, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Catching up with future Kitsap Pumas GK Bryan Meredith

meredith mug.jpgBryan Meredith was drafted by Sounders FC in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft but narrowly lost out to Josh Ford in the battle to be the team’s third goalkeeper. Meredith, however, came back to Seattle recently and trained with the team all week. I caught up with him the other day to get an update on how things are going:

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(I was talking to the Kitsap Pumas executive director earlier this week and he said he wants to get you signed. I haven’t seen the announcement yet, but is that interest mutual?) “Yeah. Yeah, I’m going to play for them this summer.”

(How do you feel about that? I know you originally came to Sounders FC camp with a different goal in mind, but are you happy with this next move?) “Everybody gets here a different way, so this is my trail I guess. I’m excited about it. I might get a chance to get games in, instead of sitting on the bench and just getting a good session in every couple days. So it should be good. I’m excited to go see how the program is.”

(The relationship between the Sounders and the Kitsap Pumas has to be a plus, right?) “Yeah, it’s strong. It’s close to home. I won’t be playing somewhere across the country where maybe one or two games here and there I’ll get feedback. It’ll be good.”

(What do you remember from when Seattle gave you the bad news?) “It’s tough anytime someone says you don’t make a team, but me and Josh have a good relationship. We’re close friends; he’s a good goalkeeper as well. I know there’s a bright future for him and hopefully there’s one for me. It’s just may take me an extra year. It’s no problem.”

(Do you feel you were treated fairly by the Sounders in the whole thing?) “Oh yeah. They were honest with me the entire time. I don’t think they were holding back or keeping me here for no reason. I think that if they didn’t see me in their future or like me as a goalkeeper, they wouldn’t have had me throughout the whole preseason as long as they did. I think that says something. I’m just excited to get going.”

(Some people wondered if they knew Ford was their pick, they could’ve let you maybe catch on with another team earlier. Did that ever cross your mind?) “They have my rights and I think they want to hold onto them. I think I would’ve had to have had a complete shocker here for them to completely let me go. It’s also good. They want me here. They’re excited to have me and I’m very excited to be here.”

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