The New York Red Bulls' 1-0 win over D.C. United in the first leg of the 2015 MLS Eastern Conference playoff semifinals was the 55th victory Luis Robles has contributed to in his RBNY career. That ties him with Tony Meola for the club's all-time wins record (for goalkeepers). And it was his 21st win in all competitions this season - extending his RBNY single-season wins record.
The career of Luis Robles as a Red Bull is almost as remarkable as the story of his arrival at the club (he literally called MLS and asked for a job). Statistics don't tell you everything about a player, but they are one measure of achievement and ability. And by that measure, Robles increasingly looks like one of - if not the undisputed - best 'keepers RBNY has ever had. The season is still in progress, so Once A Metro will refrain from singing those praises until the year is over.
But we can single out particular milestones as they are passed. In this case - in RBNY's most recent win over DC - Robles recorded the 31st clean sheet of his career at the club. The stats suggest it was one of his easier shutouts: the Red Bulls' 'keeper had no saves to make. But DC played a hard, physical game and Robles was frequently called off his line to battle for the ball in the air. He won most of those battles, and his defense did the rest.
Thirty-one shutouts in all competitions is a new club record. Congrats, Luis!
Here is the list of RBNY's top five leaders for all-time shutouts, from MetroFanatic.com's magnificent archive of club statistics:
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