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August 13, 2012
Red Bulls have no immediate plans for Robles

By Kristian R. Dyer Contributing Editor

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – After acquiring Luis Robles in the Major League Soccer allocation process, the Red Bulls now have a glut of goalkeepers on their roster, including two who have started for the club this season.

But per coach Hans Backe, don’t expect the Red Bulls to rush Robles onto the pitch anytime soon.

Robles attended New York’s practice on Monday morning at Montclair State University but did not train with the team. He obviously will not participate in Monday’s reserve game against D.C. United. And he likely won’t play Sunday when New York hosts Portland.

“I can’t see that,” Backe said.

“Normally you need more time, I haven’t seen him play so normally you are in some weeks for training sessions and probably look into a reserve game to start with.”

Backe affirmed again on Monday that he never has seen Robles play and that he relied on goalkeeper coach Todd Hoffard for a recommendation on what he brings to the team.

Robles has made a career in Germany, mainly in the second division and has been capped once by the national team. He was scouted by the Red Bulls this past winter as a possible goalkeeper to replace the departed Bouna Coundoul and Frank Rost.

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