Robles Surprised, Humbled by Winning 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS McKENZIE

HANOVER, N.J. – As a goalkeeper, Luis Robles works hard to not be surprised but what faces him on the pitch.

However, when Robles found out that he was named MLS’ Goalkeeper of the Year, the news caught him a bit off guard.

“I’m not gonna lie, it’s a surprise, but it’s a pleasant surprise,” he said. “I thought I played better last year! We were in a lot of difficult games and I felt that I made some key saves at big moments to keep us in the playoff race, and last year I wasn’t even a finalist.”

The season has been one of breaking records for Robles as the longtime Red Bulls keeper set new franchise marks for wins (50), shutouts (28), winning percentage (.594), and goals against average (1.29). He has started a total of 106 consecutive matches, making him the iron man that Marsch and his predecessor Mike Petke relied on for years. He set a career mark in wins with 18, good for most in MLS in 2015, while allowing the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference, earning nine clean sheets in the process.

Robles has started the playoffs in similar form, earning two clean sheets in the Red Bulls’ first series with DC United. Those shutouts give him a total of three playoff shutouts, and four postseason victories — both good for franchise records.

Of course, Robles gives credit to his teammates.

“It’s been a collaborative effort. For me to have my name on that trophy is one thing, but I understand that I couldn’t have done it without those guys,” he explained. “It’s not just the defense. The lift (the midfielders) bring us each and every time we’re on the field, and up to the forwards – the way Jesse (Marsch) has us playing it’s so important that they’re engaged offensively and putting pressure on the other team. (It) puts us in a great position from a defensive standpoint.”

“I’m really appreciative of those who voted, and for recognizing my play,” Robles continued. “Obviously, it goes without saying that I’m grateful for having the opportunity to have my name on that trophy. I think the reason I’ve been recognized individually os that the team has played well, and I say that from the bottom of my heart.”

  • slowleftarm

    Well deserved in my opinion. Luis had an excellent year. Congrats to him.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Luis. Hopefully Jürgen is watching.

  • Brad

    Great year. Solid keeper and an even better guy.

  • Smurf040

    About time!! Two years in the making!! Hopefully Klingsman will give him a shot!