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Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia: "Peter Vermes and the coaching staff put me on the map"

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia enters the 2020 season with full health, a refreshed mindset and lofty goals.

He also has a freshly minted contract, having extended his stay at Sporting through 2022 last Friday.

Five years ago, few would have pegged Melia to be in the position he finds himself today—among the greatest goalkeepers in Major League Soccer.

After spending the first half-decade of his MLS career as a backup at Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA, Melia signed for Sporting ahead of the 2015 campaign and experienced a meteoric rise. From League Pool Goalkeeper to MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, the 33-year-old has delivered one consistent season after another at Children’s Mercy Park.