Luis Robles

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This article is about the American goalkeeper. For the English forward, see Louis Robles.
Luis Robles
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Personal information
Full name Luis Robles
Date of birth (1984-05-11) May 11, 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Fort Huachuca, Arizona, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 31
Youth career
2002–2006 Portland Pilots
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Boulder Rapids Reserve 27 (0)
2007–2008 1. FC Kaiserslautern II 15 (0)
2008–2010 1. FC Kaiserslautern 21 (0)
2010–2012 Karlsruher SC 28 (0)
2012– New York Red Bulls 106 (3)
National team
2009– United States 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:55, October 26, 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 31, 2016

Luis Robles (born May 11, 1984) is an American soccer goalkeeper who currently plays for New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.


Born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona to a Puerto Rican father and a Korean mother, Robles got his start at the prestigious Tucson Soccer Academy, training under the guidance of coach Wolfgang Weber. From 2002–06, Robles played for the University of Portland Pilots, making a school-record 346 saves during his college career.[1] He also played two seasons for the Boulder Rapids Reserve in the USL Premier Development League.


1. FC Kaiserslautern[edit]

Robles was drafted by Major League Soccer club D.C. United with the 50th overall selection in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. However, he decided to pass up MLS and signed instead with German side Kaiserslautern in January 2007.[1][2] Robles made his league debut on October 17, 2008 against Rot Weiss Ahlen. He was thrust into the starting role due to an injury to incumbent starter Tobias Sippel and outperformed fellow backup and German youth international Kevin Trapp.[3] In his first season of German football he finished the season with sixteen games played and conceded seventeen goals. Robles missed much of the summer training with Kaiserslautern – which had recently hired a new manager, Marco Kurz – because of his inclusion in the United States squad at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[4] As a result, he entered the 2009–10 season as the backup once again.

Karlsruher SC[edit]

After making few appearances in 2009–10, which saw Kaiserslautern promoted for the 2010–11 Fußball-Bundesliga season, Robles chose to sign a two-year deal with 2. Fußball-Bundesliga club Karlsruher SC.[5] In his first year with Karlsruhe he appeared in twenty-three games as the club's starting goalkeeper. In his second season with the club, he appeared in five league matches and was released by the club at the end of the season.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

On August 8, 2012, Robles was acquired by the New York Red Bulls through Major League Soccer's Allocation Process.[6] Robles made his debut for New York, starting against Toronto FC on September 29, 2012 a game in which the Red Bulls won 4–1.[7] Due to a string of injuries to first choice goalkeepers, Robles was a starter for the Red Bulls during the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. Robles cemented his position as the club's starting goalkeeper during the 2013 season as he started all 34 league matches, helping New York to its first title the MLS Supporters' Shield. On September 20, 2015 Robles helped New York to a 2–0 victory over Portland Timbers, earning his ninth shutout of the season, and 28th of his MLS career, adding to the club record he set earlier in the season. In this match Robles also became the only player in league history to make 100 consecutive starts for the same club. [8] Robles was awarded the 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award on November 19, 2015. [9]


In May 2009, Robles was invited to a May 26 – June 1 senior men's national team training camp, his first camp with the full national team, although he was not named to the official roster for the June 3 and 6 World Cup qualifying matches.[10][11] A week after the conclusion of his first camp, Robles was named to the United States roster for the Confederations Cup.[12][13] On July 11, 2009, Robles made his debut with the United States against Haiti in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a game which ended drawn 2–2.[14][15] Robles made his return to the United States national team with a 3-2 friendly win against Iceland on January 31, 2016.



Germany 1. FC Kaiserslautern

United States New York Red Bulls



  1. ^ a b Davidson, Gary (January 27, 2007). "Robles opts against MLS, signs with Kaiserslautern in Germany". Retrieved May 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ "German second division team signs U.S. goalie". ESPNsoccernet. Associated Press. January 31, 2007. Retrieved May 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ Smith, David (May 22, 2009). "Robles: We're in a Good Position". Retrieved May 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ "YA Best XI: Luis Robles". November 19, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ Waddell, Clint (August 10, 2010). "Robles Joines Karlsruher SC". Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Red Bulls Acquire Goalkeeper Luis Robles". August 8, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Panizo, Franco (September 29, 2012). "Henry's Magical Night Lifts Red Bulls Past Toronto FC". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Match Recap: Portland Timber 0 New York Red Bulls 2". August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Luis Robles Wins 2015 Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award". November 19, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bradley Names 24-Man Roster to Train For FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Against Costa Rica and Honduras". Chicago: USSF. May 24, 2008. Retrieved May 29, 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Robles Invited to U.S. National Team Training Camp". University of Portland Athletics. May 26, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Bradley Announces 23-Man FIFA Confederations Cup Roster". Chicago: USSF. June 7, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2009. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Ching, Hejduk off US roster for Confederations Cup". USA Today. Associated Press. June 7, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Late strike by Holden salvages tie in local product Robles' debut". Arizona Daily Star. July 12, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  15. ^ "USA ties Haiti on Holden's late goal to win Gold Cup Group B". USA Today. Associated Press. July 12, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 

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