Robles becomes club’s second goalkeeper to don the armband full time
HARRISON, N.J. (February 21, 2018) – The New York Red Bulls have selected goalkeeper Luis Robles as the team’s captain, head coach Jesse Marsch announced today. Robles becomes the first goalkeeper since Tony Meola (1997-98) to be honored as the full-time captain.
Robles has become the club and league’s iron man, having started and played 90 minutes for an MLS-record 174 straight regular season matches. Since joining the Red Bulls mid-way through the 2012 season, the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, native has accrued 49 MLS regular-season shutouts, 508 saves and a record of 80-51-43. Robles’s 49 shutouts place him tied for 12th with Bill Hamid all-time in MLS.
"For the last five-and-a-half years, I have been given a great privilege to represent this organization and its supporters on the field," Robles said. "With this new duty, as Captain, I understand that I have been entrusted with an even greater responsibility to be at my best, to empower my teammates to be the best they can be, while leading the way to our shared goals of an MLS Cup and success at the highest levels."
Among the franchise’s best, Robles owns three club records (field players and goalkeepers combined) and every record for goalkeepers. He is the club’s all-time leader in games played (174), games started (174) and minutes played (15,660), a record for field players and goalkeepers. As for all-time goalkeeper records at New York, Robles sits first in wins (80), saves (509), shutouts (49) and saves percentage (67.5).
New York Red Bulls All-Time Captains
- 1996: Peter Vermes
- 1997 – 98: Tony Meola
- 1999 – 2002: Tab Ramos
- 2003 - 04: Eddie Pope
- 2005: Youri Djorkaeff/Amado Guevara
- 2006: Youri Djorkaeff/Amado Guevara/Tony Meola
- 2007: Claudio Reyna
- 2008: Claudio Reyna/Juan Pablo Angel
- 2009 – 10: Juan Pablo Angel
- 2011 – 14: Thierry Henry
- 2015 – 16: Dax McCarty
- 2017: Sacha Kljestan
- 2018: Luis Robles