BY MATTHEW LEVINE
After a hat trick against the Houston Dynamo, all eyes were on Bradley Wright-Phillips –and rightfully so.
However, there was one more New York Red Bulls player that deserved some of the glean of the spotlight.
That would be Luis Robles, who quietly recorded his first shutout of the season. Another hero from Wednesday’s match, captain Thierry Henry, recognized the Red Bulls’ keeper after the match.
“I have to give a shout out to Luis because if it wasn’t for him, it would have been a different game,” said Henry.
Henry pointed out one moment in particular that, without Robles’ intervention, the game would have changed. Almost instantly off the second half kick-off, Will Bruin nearly got the Dynamo on the score sheet. However, Robles was able to just get enough on it to deflect the ball wide, saving the Red Bulls’ blushes.
“I don’t know why we did what we did, but we did it again,” he said of the team’s defensive miscues. “If it wasn’t for Luis stopping that ball from Bruin, I think we would have been in trouble. It wouldn’t have been the same game. We escaped again when [Giles] Barnes shot the ball wide.”
“People don’t notice it because we won 4-0, but if he didn’t make that save it wouldn’t have been the same game,” said Henry.
However, it hasn’t just been the saves that Robles provided against the Dynamo that has earned plaudits from Henry. He has been the Red Bulls’ best player this season, making key save after save to keep the team in games.
“Every time we need Luis to make a save he does. He’s a great goalkeeper, he’s been doing that ever since he arrived here,” he said. “The other day he nearly saved the penalty from [Sebastien] Le Toux, the ball went just under his arm.
“He’s been brilliant for us.”