Two-time United States World Cup goalkeeper Tony Meola has signed with the MetroStars of New Jersey, returning to the franchise with which he began his major league football career in 1996.
The 36-year-old Meola was waived by the Kansas City Wizards in March after an Achilles' tendon injury kept him out of action for three months. He began workouts with the MetroStars four days ago in anticipation of the signing.
During the Wizards 2000 league championship run, Meola won both the regular season and MLS Cup most valuable player awards. He also holds most of the significant MLS career goaltending records.
Even with a career as accomplished as his own, Meola, who grew up in New Jersey, will consider it a failure if he does not help bring his home state a championship.
To make room for Meola on their roster the MetroStars have a deal pending to send goalie Jonny Walker to the Columbus Crew.
Some information for this report provided by AP.