(photo by Matt Kremkau)
He's calling it a career. And a good one it was.
Former New York Red Bulls Goalkeeper has officially announced his retirement from professional soccer this afternoon. His announcement came directly from his Instagram account:
"No easy way to say it, but after 14 years of professional soccer, I’ve decided that I’m done playing. I was a young boy with a dream of being a professional athlete. With the help of two incredibly loving and supportive parents and some of the best mentors possible, that dream became my reality. From small-town Sierra Vista, I embarked on a journey that has been so fulfilling and rewarding that as I reflect on it, I am left grateful and humbled.
Thank you @tucsonsocceracademy @pilotsoccer @1fckaiserslautern1900 @karlsruhersc @newyorkredbulls @intermiamicf for allowing me to include you in my journey. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to live out my dream. Thank you for being a part of my growth as a player, a leader, a person. Along the journey, I have met so many incredible people who have offered a helping hand or an encouraging word, and I know it’s impossible to thank each and every one of you, but please know that I am thankful for all of you.
My career is full of memories and great stories, yet the thing that sticks out the most is the people whom I’ve met along the way. From teammates who put up with me to coaches who challenged me to fans who loved or hated me, it’s been so much fun. Thank you to my family, who has given me everything that I ever needed to succeed. From the lectures to the driving to the financial costs to the prayers, you wept as you asked Him to watch over me. Mom. Dad. Angel. Randy. Kim. This isn’t possible without you. And to the best thing that ever happened to me.
Thank you, Cara, for never giving up on me. What a life we have been able to live together. I still remember how low and dark it got during the journey, and you were with me through all of it. The ups and downs. The struggles and triumphs. Without you, I couldn’t be the man I am today. Thank you for always believing in me and pointing me to what’s true. And lastly, thank you, Lord. Thank You for showing me how Your love and grace plays out in one’s life. I am nothing without You. It’s been amazing, and as this chapter closes, I look forward to what’s next..."
Luis Robles completed his eighth season for the Red Bulls in 2019 with a 13-14-6 record, with 88 saves and 9 shutouts. Robles amassed a 114-74+53 mark with 72 clean sheets for his career and a 1.29 GAA Robles ranks sixth all-time in league history with goalkeeper wins and eighth in shutouts with 72.
He also owns MLS's Ironman streak with 183 consecutive, complete games played and has earned MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2015.
On top of that, Robles helped the Red Bull to three Supporters' Shields, bringing the first major silverware to the club. He served as captain for the Supporters' Shield winning team and wore the armband for the second year in 2019.