Jan. 12, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Portland Pilots senior goalkeeper Luis Robles was taken in the fourth round and 50th overall by D.C. United in the 2007 Major League Soccer Super Draft on Friday. Robles, a four-year starter on The Bluff, concluded his collegiate career last fall as the all-time saves leader at UP with 346 stops.
"It came as a bit of a surprise to be selected by D.C.," Robles said, "but I'm excited to get the opportunity to play for such a great organization. Even though I'll be coming in as a back-up, I'm excited for the future and I'm just happy to have an opportunity to prove myself."
D.C. went 15-7-10 last season and finished first in the Eastern Conference. The United fell to the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Finals. Troy Perkins, who led all MLS keepers in wins (15) and was among the league leaders in goals-against average (1.13) and shutouts (eight) last season, was named the 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
Luis, a 22-year-old native of Sierra Vista, Ariz., was a three-time First Team All-West Coast Conference selection after earning honorable mention all-conference as a freshman. He was named the 2006 WCC Defensive Player of the Year after making 93 saves. He also posted four shutouts and finished with a 1.17 goals-against average last fall.
His 21 career shutouts rank third all-time at Portland, while his 1.18 career goals-against average ranks eighth.
Robles will now report to the D.C. United training camp in February.