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Luis Robles to the New York Red Bulls, at last
   August 8, 2012 (2:00 AM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

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 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.

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5 Responses to “Luis Robles to the New York Red Bulls, at last”

  1. SoCalPete says:

    So would he have more rights if he weren’t American? Sounds like if he had similar experience with another country’s national team, then wouldn’t be f^ing with him as much. Is that correct?

  2. Eric says:

    I love MLS and will be there to watch SKC take the cup tonight but these rules are stupid to be kind. I’ll also add DP rules (why not just a higher salary cap if one at all?) and conferences.

  3. Howie says:

    According to the article, he is subject to the allocation not because of his national team cap but because he was once on DC United’s “College Protected List”. There is nothing about college protected list players being subject to allocation order in the rules MLS publishes (, but I digress.

    Immigration/quota issues aside, it is much easier for a foreign professional to enter MLS than it is for an American.

  4. 2tone says:

    That pretty much pushes Gaudette to the bench Vuolo will be released, and Meara may turn out to be Robles Back-up.

  5. Trent Hill says:

    Meara is too good to be a back-up, frankly. I hope he gets loaned somewhere in the meantime. Perhaps to the League of Ireland?

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