Having led his New York Red Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive season, Luis Robles was named Major League Soccer’s Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year following a regular season in which he started all 34 of his team’s games.
The number one keeper for Red Bulls since 2013, Robles, 31, beat out David Ousted of Vancouver Whitecaps and D.C. United’s Bill Hamid, the 2014 Goalkeeper of the Year.
Robles led the league with 18 wins and was one of four goalkeepers to play every minute of the season. He posted nine shutouts, tied for fifth in the league, and a goals against average of 1.26. He helped New York to an Eastern Conference-best 43 goals allowed and the league’s best goal differential (+19).
“It’s a tremendous honor. I’m not going to lie. I’m a little bit surprised. But it’s a pleasant surprise,’’ Robles told the New York Post. “The team has done really well this year. Individually, I’ve had some good games and been consistent for the team. But we’re hoping that this is one of many awards, not only for me as an individual, but for other guys on the team.’’
The award for the Red Bulls keeper caps a remarkable journey for Robles who just three years ago appeared to be done with soccer. Struggling to find a club, he took a job in real estate and was prepared to put soccer in the rear view mirror. However, an unexpected call from New York in 2012 gave him one more shot, and since that time, Robles has been a steady presence in the Red Bulls net.