After having been denied a move to New York in February, former Karlsruher goalkeeper Luis Robles has signed with MLS, and the MLS roster roulette wheel indicated he’d be subject to the allocation process:
Fans might recall hearing about the 28-year-old Robles back in February when he told MLSsoccer.com that he was planning on training with the Red Bulls with a view to a sealing a permanent move after it became clear he was no longer in the plans of German side Karlsruher SC.
However, although he is not a US national team pool player — he last played for the US back in 2009 — the league’s rules make clear that Robles is required to go through the allocation process and cannot be claimed by just any MLS team on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The New England Revolution held the top allocation spot, followed by Toronto FC and Chivas USA. Robles, in fact, wound up with the club he originally wanted, New York.
The Red Bulls currently have rookie Ryan Meara, journeyman Bill Gaudette, and our old friend Jeremy Vuolo at goalkeeper. I’d imagine Gaudette (recently acquired via a trade with Los Angeles) or Vuolo will be moved out or released.