NEW YORK CITY – Luis Robles has been a mainstay in the New York Red Bulls goal since he became the full-time starter in 2013, and now he’s been crowned the league’s best.
Robles was named Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year on Thursday after starting all 34 of New York’s regular-season games and heading one of the league’s best defenses.
The 31-year-old University of Portland product beat out two worthy finalists in the Vancouver Whitecaps' David Ousted and D.C. United's Bill Hamid, last year's Goalkeeper of the Year. Robles enjoyed narrow margins over Ousted in each category, while Hamid won the vote of club personnel but did not enjoy the support of the media or the players.
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).
Through the semifinals of the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, Robles has played every minute of the last 117 MLS regular season and playoff games for the Red Bulls, totaling 10,560 minutes. His streak of 106 consecutive regular-season starts is the third longest in MLS history, and he is the first player in MLS history to start 100 consecutive regular-season games for the same club.
From 2002–06, Robles starred for the University of Portland, making a school-record 346 saves during his college career. A three-time All-WCC first team selection and the 2006 WCC Defender of the Year, Robles finished with 21 career shutouts and a career GAA of 1.18.