Red Bulls Sign Goalkeeper Luis Robles At Long Last

Luis Robles (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Red Bulls nab Luis Robles in Allocation Order several months after attempting to sign him on a free.

Luis Robles has joined the New York Red Bulls after being picked via allocation on Wednesday. If that name rings a bell, it's because the Red Bulls actually thought they had signed Robles back in February.

But after reportedly being told by MLS that they could sign the goalkeeper on a free, it was suddenly revealed that once-capped United States international would have to go through allocation. With his destination no longer of his choosing, Robles decided to go back to Germany, where he finished out the season with 2. Bundesliga side Karlsruher SC. He rarely played, though, and Karslruher was relegated.

In light of all of that, it's probably not hugely surprising that the former D.C. United draft pick decided to roll the dice with the Allocation Order.

"Luis is a goalkeeper who we have been interested in for the past year and we are excited that he has joined our squad," New York General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler said in a statement. "We think that he has potential and we are eager to evaluate him in person on a daily basis at our club."

The Red Bulls now seem to have a glut of goalkeepers, with Robles giving them four along with starter Ryan Mera and backups Bill Gaudette and Jeremy Vuolo.

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