Tim Melia

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Tim Melia
Personal information
Full name Timothy Melia
Date of birth (1986-05-15) May 15, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Great River, New York, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 29
Youth career
2004–2005 Oneonta Red Dragons
2006–2007 Lynn Fighting Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Long Island Rough Riders 7 (0)
2008–2010 Rochester Rhinos 13 (0)
2010–2011 Real Salt Lake 0 (0)
2010 Charleston Battery (loan) 16 (0)
2011 F.C. New York (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2014 Chivas USA 6 (0)
2015– Sporting Kansas City 59 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 4, 2017.

Tim Melia (/ˈmliə/; born May 15, 1986) is an American soccer player who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.


College and amateur[edit]

Melia was born in Great River, New York. Melia attended East Islip High School and played two years of college soccer at the State University of New York at Oneonta before transferring to Lynn University in 2006, where he played his junior and senior years.

Melia played for the Long Island Rough Riders in the USL Premier Development League in 2007.[1]


Melia signed with the Rochester Rhinos of the USL First Division on April 30, 2008.[2] An injury to veteran goalkeeper Scott Vallow resulted in increased playing time and a number of starts for Melia during the 2009 season, and he became known for his accurate long balls from goal kicks and dead ball situations.[citation needed]

After trialling with Real Salt Lake during their pre-season, Melia signed with the club on March 16, 2010; he was sent on loan to USL2 side Charleston Battery in April. Following his clean sheet June 29 in a U.S. Open Cup win over MLS side Chicago Fire (Charleston won 3-0 on penalty kicks), Melia was named "Player of the 3rd Round" for the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.[3] Melia was waived by Real Salt Lake on November 23, 2011.[4]

Melia signed with Chivas USA in January 2012 and joined them during the 2012 pre-season.[5] During his time with Chivas, Melia made six league appearances for the club.

On August 13, 2014, Sporting Kansas City called Melia up from the league pool after two of the team's three goalies, Eric Kronberg and Andy Gruenebaum, were injured.[6] On December 23, 2014, it was announced that Sporting Kansas City had signed Melia for the 2015 season.[7]



Charleston Battery
Sporting Kansas City


  • MLS Comeback Player of the Year: 2015


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