Luis Robles isn’t going anywhere as he signed a new contract with the Red Bulls. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
The Red Bulls certainly know a good thing when they see one, so they have signed veteran goalkeeper Luis Robles to a new multi-year Major League Soccer contract, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.
The team did not disclose for how long the contract runs.
Given his performance the past four-plus seasons, the 33-year-old Robles had to be given a raise over his current contract. According to figures from the MLS Players union, his base salary for this season was $290,000 and his guaranteed compensation was $292,500.
“We are pleased to reach new terms with Luis,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “Luis has been an important part of our club on and off the field, and we look forward to continued success with him as our goalkeeper.”
Robles, who was ready to quit soccer five years ago, joined the Red Bulls in August 2012, after spending time in Germany. Since guarding the net late in the 2012 season, Robles has not missed a league encounter, performing in and completing a league-record 157 successive regular-season games.
Not surprisingly, Robles is the franchise’s leader in career shutouts (43), goals-against average (1.30), wins (73), games played (157) and minutes played (14,130).
He earned MLS goalkeeper of the year honors in 2015, registering nine shutouts, 86 saves, a 1.26 GAA and posting a 18-10-6 mark.
Earlier this year, Robles was called into U.S. national team camp in January.
The Red Bulls host the Philadelphia Union in a Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup match at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night. It was not known whether Robles would start the match. He was on the bench for New York’s 1-0 win over New York City FC in the fourth round June 14 as back-up keeper Ryan Meara started.