August 8, 2012
HE'S A KEEPER
Red Bulls get Robles via allocation process
The Red Bulls added their second goalkeeper in a month on Wednesday, acquiring Luis Robles via the Major League Soccer allocation process.
Robles will be officially added to the Red Bulls’ roster and eligible for selection upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
The club obtained Bill Gaudette from the LA Galaxy on July 13 as the former St. John's standout has replaced injured Ryan Meara in the nets.
By taking 5-11, 180-lb, Robles, the Red Bulls moved to the bottom of the league allocation order.
“Luis is a goalkeeper who we have been interested in for the past year and we are excited that he has joined our squad,” general manager and sporting director Erik Soler said in a statement. “We think that he has potential and we are eager to evaluate him in person on a daily basis at our club.”
Robles, 28, spent the past five seasons in the Germany and was most recently with Karlsruher SC, making 28 appearances from 2010-12.
He began his stint in Germany with FC Kaiserslautern in 2007 and appeared in 36 games. He was drafted by D.C. United in the fourth round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft with the 50th overall selection out of the University of Portland, where he attended from 2002-06. Despite being drafted by D.C., Robles did not sign with the club.
The Fort Huachuca, Ariz. native has earned one cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team and made his debut on July 11, 2009 in a 2-2 tie with Haiti in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Robles also played the 2003 and 2004 seasons with Boulder Rapid Reserve in the Premier Development League side.
The move gave the Red Bulls four keepers with Jeremy Vuolo as another reserve.