HARRISON, NJ (Jan. 20, 2012) –New York Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler released the following statement on midfielder Carl Robinson, who is no longer with the club as of today.
“We want to thank Carl for his service to the New York Red Bulls. He has been a great servant for this club for the past two years and a true mentor for many of our young players. Carl has been a fantastic professional and ambassador for our club. We are excited for Carl, as he moves on in his career. He has a lot of potential and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
A former Welsh International, Robinson spent the last two years of his career with the Red Bulls. As a Red Bull from 2010-11, Robinson played 12 games and scored one goal. Prior to his stint in New York, he played for Toronto FC from 2007-09. Robinson was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in his first two years with the Canadian club, for which he appeared 74 times.
Robinson came stateside after an extensive career in England. He began his playing career at Shrewsbury Town while on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, the club that he spent eight years at and amassed 165 appearances for. He then moved on to play for Portsmouth from 2002-04, but spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, Walsall, Rotherham United, Sheffield United, and Sunderland.
His move to Sunderland was made permanent in 2004, and during the 2004-05 season he helped the club win promotion to the English Premier League. He finished his playing career in England with second-division side Norwich City, whom he appeared for 49 times before making his move to Toronto FC. Over his impressive playing career, Robinson amassed 52 caps for the national team of Wales, debuting in 1999.
Robinson missed most of the Red Bulls’ 2011 season due to a knee injury.