KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - JULY 05: Luis Robles poses during the Second Bundesliga team presentation of Karlsruher SC at the Wildpark Stadium on July 5, 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Red Bulls Still Interested In Acquiring Luis Robles

Luis Robles was reportedly set to join the Red Bulls, until the league notified him that he'd have to go through allocation.

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Red Bulls Still Interested In Luis Robles, Still Confused About Situation

The New York Red Bulls are apparently still interested in signing American goalkeeper Luis Robles, but remain confused as to why they were not allowed to sign him via Discovery Claim, according to the New York Post. Technical Director Erik Soler said he was given permission by MLS to sign Robles as a Discovery and is still hoping to do so.

"It was a little bit unfortunate, because we had clearance from the league verbal and written that we wouldn't be entering anything else than our discovery," said GM Erik Soler. "For some reason unknown to us the league suddenly changed their original decision about Robles.

"I assume he had a National Team game or something like that. We don't understand what happened."

Robles has made one United States national team appearance, starting against Haiti in the 2009 Gold Cup. Traditionally, players who USMNT caps are subjected to some sort of allocation method.

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Luis Robles Won't Be Joining Red Bulls, After All

Remember how the New York Red Bulls were all set to sign Luis Robles via discovery claim? Remember how we pointed out that it seemed a little odd that the once-capped United States national team goalkeeper was eligible to be signed via discovery? Well, it turns out MLS agreed. Now Robles has apparently decided to remain in Germany, rather that subject himself to some kind of allocation process.

If precedent tells us anything, it was that Robles probably should have gone through either the Allocation Order or through a weighted lottery. The two most applicable recent comparisons were Sammy Ochoa, who played six times for various U.S. youth teams but never suited up for the senior team, and Lee Nguyen, who earned three caps with the U.S. back in 2007. The Seattle Sounders had to trade up in the allocation order to grab Ochoa and the Vancouver Whitecaps won a weighted lottery to get Nguyen.

While it appears MLS ultimately made a decision based on precedent, it's understandable that fans of the Red Bulls might feel a bit slighted. One has to wonder if the Red Bulls assumed Robles didn't have to go through allocation and were the ones spreading bad information, or whether someone at MLS headquarters simply realized the error of their ways once word got out.

For more on the situation, head over to Red Bulls blog Once a Metro.

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