Never did he make mention of a fourth.
Former Karlsruher FC keeper Luis Robles is finally a member of the New York Red Bulls.
“Luis is a goalkeeper who we have been interested in for the past year and we are excited that he has joined our squad,” said New York General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. “We think that he has potential and we are eager to evaluate him in person on a daily basis at our club.”
If his name rings familiar, it should; the Red Bulls tried signing him prior to the start of the season only to be blocked by the league which deemed his sparse National career plenty enough to force Robles through the allocation process.
In the end, nine teams passed on his signing, and now he finds himself with the team he originally coveted. However, circumstances have certainly changed.
Rookie of the year candidate Ryan Meara has emerged as a surprise starter for the Red Bulls. Bill Gaudette, who was signed just last month, has played so well in Meara’s absence that Backe recently admitted he could push the younger keeper for starting minutes.
Robles, who would have been a sure fire starter had he signed in March, now finds himself in the midst of a budding goalkeeper’s competition. Jeremy Vuolo, who has seemingly failed to impress the coaching staff this season, sees his chances of earning minutes dip even further.
With three keepers who can compete for starting time with any team in Major League Soccer, the Red Bulls will certainly have depth and trade bait to work with. Currently the long shot amongst this three man race, Robles addition adds weight to Erik Soler’s recent proclamation – the wheeling and dealing may not be done just yet.