Luis Robles poses during the Second Bundesliga team presentation of Karlsruher SC at the Wildpark Stadium on July 5, 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
It appears the New York Red Bulls finally got their man. After targeting Luis Robles in the off-season but backing away from signing him due to the allocation process it would have triggered, the Red Bulls have now acquired Robles, costing them their previous position of 10th overall in the league-wide allocation order.
Robles has spent the last few seasons in Germany with FC Kaiserslautern and Karlsruher SC. He had been drafted by DC United in 2007 but never signed with the club, and was capped by the U.S. National Team during the 2009 Gold Cup.
Robles brings some international experience to the team and is no doubt somewhat talented, but its hard to say from a roster management point of view what impact this will have on the club in terms of salary. Needless to say, this does not bode well for youngsters Jeremy Vuolo or Ryan Meara. Vuolo is assumed to be on his way out at the club since carrying four goalkeepers is out-of-the-ordinary. While Meara opened the season as one of the top first-year players in Major League Soccer he has missed time to a nagging hip injury. It's unclear how his injury affected the Red Bulls decision to pursue a new keeper, or if Robles was their preferred keeper all along?
What do you think about the latest move in what has been quite an active summer for the Red Bulls roster?