The first MLS without Luis Robles: Ironman retires

Between the MLS posts: the retirement of Luis Robles, the MLS Ironman

Exactly one year after the retirement of two legends of the mls What Tim Howard Y Nick I return it, another piece of League history hangs the gloves from the fateful nail. We are talking about Louis Robleshistoric guardian of the gate new york red bulls and first starting goalkeeperintermiami David Beckham CF.

Born in Arizona to a Puerto Rican father and a Korean mother, he grew up in the soccer academy in Tucson before attending college in Portland.

here comes the2007 MLS Superdraft and Robles is selected by DC United. Luis, however, has a different idea, he crosses the Atlantic Ocean and ends up at the Kaiserslautern in the Zweite Bundesliga, the second German series. After a first season with the second team of the German company, in October 2008 he debuted in the first team against Rot Weiss Ahlen and thanks to the injury of the starting goalkeeper, and beating the competition of a young Kevin Trapp, he accumulated 16 appearances in the arc of the season.

At the beginning of the following year he misses the summer training, also due to the participation in the training camp of the united states national team, with whom he debuted in a Gold Cup match against Haiti (later he will accumulate two more participations in 2016 and 2017 in a friendly) and is again in the reserve role. Even in the following season appearances on the field are limited and despite the rise in BundesligaRobles decides to marry the karlsruher SC, always in the second series. After a first year as a starter, in 2011-12 he will take the field on very few occasions, being released at the end of the season.

Back in the United States, and already ready to leave football, he is chosen by the New York Red Bulls in the August 2012 Allocation Draft, as a reserve of the owner of the time, Ryan Meara. September 29 arrives, the day on which Robles begins to write his Ironman legend; Thanks to a hip injury to Meara, he debuted in the Big Apple franchise poles, and from then on he will never look back. They’ll be fine 183 consecutive games that Luis will play in the MLS, surpassing the previous record set by Kevin Hartman. The streak ends on May 19, 2018, against Atlanta United Fc, after an injury suffered the day before against Colorado Rapids. Replacing him was… Ryan Meara the goalkeeper replaced by Robles almost 6 years earlier.

Luis already become captain, player with the most appearances in franchise history (238) and favorite of the fans (who remember his goalkeeper putting on his face to calm the atmosphere after the unexpected dismissal of coach Mike Petke, replaced by Jesse Marsch ). , before the 2015 season) will see his story come to an end with the red bulls at the end of the 2019 season.

In its seven seasons in new jerseyhas conquered Shield of three fans (2013, 2015, 2018), the League Goaltender Award in 2015, and the Parade of the Year Award in 2014 (for a stunning double-fall against the Seattle Sounders). Unfortunately, the icing on the cake was missing, represented by the MLS CUP, only approaching with three lost Eastern Conference finals (2014,2015, 2018), and that still remains a pipe dream for the Metrostars.

In the 2020 season, he was chosen as the starting goalkeeper for the expansion team. intermiamito bring his wealth of experience to a whole new franchise, but unfortunately his season ended prematurely due to broken arm. His contract was not renewed by the Florida team at the end of the year and Luis, almost 37 years old, chose to retire.

The new MLS season will start without its Ironman.

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