Tommy Meyer, LA Galaxy

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Current Club: LA Galaxy
College: Indiana Hoosiers
High School: SLUH Jr Billikens
Club: St Louis Scott Gallagher SC

Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birth Date: 03-20-1990
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Twitter: @tmeyer20

2014 September 15 Tommy Meyer Hoping for Starting Spot after draw with SJ
Tommy Meyer made his first start for the LA Galaxy since July 19 and the defender did not miss a beat in the club’s 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.

2014 July 03 – Tommy Meyer Hoping to Maintain Starting Job with Return of USMNT’s Omar Gonzalez
Head coach Bruce Arena and his staff haven’t determined who will be his partner in central defense, but they’ve been surveying all of the options while Gonzalez has been away, giving time to A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Tommy Meyer and Kofi Opare.

Meyer made a strong case in last weekend’s 1-0 victory at San Jose, playing what Arena called the “best game of his career,” and he’s hoping to add to his credentials if he gets the call again against the Timbers.

2014 July 02 – Tommy Meyer Turning Heads with Omar Gonzalez away on International Duty
Second was the performance of central defender Tommy Meyer, whom head coach Bruce Arena credited for having his best game of the season. His performance earned him a spot on mlssoccer.com’s team of the week.

“I thought his positioning was good, his defending in the air in particular was good and his communication and passing were good,” (Head Coach Bruce) Arena said. “He played very well.”

2014 Jun3 30 – MLS Team of the Week (week 16) Young Guns take the Spotlight
D: Tommy Meyer (LA Galaxy) – Filling in for Omar Gonzalez, Meyer put forth the best game of his career in the Galaxy’s California Clasico win.

2014 June 05 – Leonardo has found reliable central back partner in Tommy Meyer
Leonardo has started eight games this season but just the last two with Meyer, who has four starts in five appearances. Leonardo and Meyer not only are two of the Galaxy’s youngest defenders (Leonardo and Meyer are 26 and 24, respectively) but among the team’s most physical players.

“They’re both good center backs,” Arena said. “Tommy has taken advantage of his opportunity and they position themselves pretty well.

From LA Galaxy website, 2013 Player Overview
Tommy Meyer went from starter on the 2012 MLS Cup championship team to fringe player during the 2013 season as he endured a challenging year. Expected to take a major step forward and challenge for a starting role alongside Omar Gonzalez, Meyer found himself buried on the depth chart behind Leonardo, A.J. DeLaGarza, and eventually rookie Kofi Opare. How the 23-year-old responds will likely determine how his career will turn out as Meyer must regain the confidence that made him an integral member of the Galaxy’s run to their fourth MLS title just a year ago. For Meyer to do this, he must capitalize on his on-the-field chances as he was exposed in key moments during the 2013 season. Although he struggled in 2013, Meyer has physical tools to become a valuable defender in MLS. Read the background

2013 September 05 – LA Galaxy likely to lean on Tommy Meyer at center back in absence of Omar Gonzalez
Meyer has five starts in central defense this year, but none since the Galaxy’s 2-0 loss at Colorado in late July.

Meyer started all six playoff games last season but hasn’t been utilized as often in year two as in his rookie year, but he was good in LA’s scoreless draw with San Jose in an MLS Reserve League match last weekend.

2012 Feb 05 – Fitting Right In – Tommy Meyer continues to impress in his first weeks as a pro

INTERNATIONAL
2007: Played on the U.S. team in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea
Spent one year in the U.S. Soccer residency program

PRO
2013 APPEARANCES IN ALL OFFICIAL COMPETITIONS FOR THE GALAXY: GP: 11 (7 in MLS, 3 in CONCACAF Champions League, 1 in U.S. Open Cup); GS: 9 (5 in MLS, 3 in CONCACAF Champions League, 1 in U.S. Open Cup); G: 0; A: 0
APPEARANCES IN GUINNESS INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP: GP: 2
RESERVE LEAGUE APPEARANCES: GP: 8; GS: 7

Acquired by Los Angeles: Selected by the Galaxy in the first round (19th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
Said Bruce Arena, “He’s a player that has a good profile to be a center back in this league. He has physical size. He’s a good header of the ball. A good defender and a decent passer out of the back. Once we get him into our setting we can learn a little bit more and work with him and try to make him better.”

COLLEGE
2011: An All-Big Ten selection as a senior, Meyer started all 22 of Indiana’s games while recording a career-high seven assists and helping his team keep nine clean sheets on the season. Four of his seven assists came in two games as he tallied two assists in the 6-0 win over Dayton and the 2-0 win over Rutgers before adding single assists in the 3-2 home loss to Louisville, the 4-1 win at Michigan and against Northwestern in the Big Ten Semifinal. He entered the season never having more than two assists in a game but finished his senior season second in the conference. 2010: Appeared in and started 19 of IU’s 20 games, and was named to the All-Big Ten second team. He had two assists on the year, tallying one in the 2-1 loss at Brown and his second in the 2-1 win over Michigan when he set up Caleb Konstanski for the eventual game-winning goal. 2009: Firmly established himself in the starting lineup, starting all 22 games that he played in as Indiana kept 10 clean sheets, including four in wins over top 25 teams. He recorded the first assist of his collegiate career in the 1-0 win at Wisconsin on 9/25. In the NCAA Tournament, he led a defense that kept two clean sheets and allowed just one goal in three games. 2008: Appeared in 18 games while making 16 starts as a freshman, helping the Hoosiers record seven shutouts, including two in the NCAA Tournament. Was named to the Big Ten All- Freshman Team and the College Soccer News All-Freshman second team.

HIGH SCHOOL
SLUH (2008; St. Louis)
In 1980, St. Mary’s High senior Keith Meyer was honored by Parade magazine as its high school boys player of the year. Tommy, who is Keith’s son, was named to the Parade team in 2008. He was also recognized as an NSCAA/adidas All-American in 2006 and 2007. The All-American recognition for his Fall 2007 season led to the 2008 Parade All-American recognition.

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