Luis Robles is hanging up his gloves for good.
The former Red Bulls goalkeeper Wednesday night announced his retirement from professional soccer.
Robles, who started and finished a Major League Soccer record 183 consecutive games, played with the Red Bulls from 2012 through the 2019 season.
“No easy way to say it but after 14 years of professional soccer I’ve decided that I’m done playing,” he said on his Instagram account.
“My career is full of memories and great stories yet the thing that sticks out the most is the people whom I’ve met along the way. From teammates who put up with me to coaches who challenged me to fans who loved or hated me it’s been so much fun. Thank you to my family who have given me everything that I ever needed to succeed.”
After completing two seasons with Karlsruher SC in Germany, Robles was ready to retire from soccer when he signed with the Red Bulls in 2012. The team had been going through goalkeepers that season as though they were water under head coach Hans Backe. Given an opportunity in a late season match, Robles played well enough to secure the position. No one realized it at the time, but he started his record-breaking streak.
The 36-year-old Robles, who played his final season with expansion Inter Miami CF, finished with a 114-71-53 mark with 72 shutouts and a 1.29 goals-against average. He ranks sixth all-time in MLS history with 114 wins and eighth in shutouts with 72.
Robles was named MLS goalkeeper of the ear honors in 2015. He also helped the Red Bulls to three MLS Supporters’ Shields and served as captain for the 2018 Supporters’ Shield winning team and wore the armband for a second year in 2019.
After that season, the Red Bulls released Robles, who joined Miami. He recorded a 1.67 GAA in 15 matches.
He also made three appearances with the U.S. men’s national team.