Thursday, January 7th, 2021 -- Luis Robles, one of the best players to ever come out of Arizona, announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 14-year career that included numerous awards and a Major League Soccer record of 183 consecutive matches played.
Robles, a Sierra Vista native, played locally for Tucson Soccer Academy and was a member of the Arizona ODP. While a member of the Arizona ODP, Robles, was named to the regional team which gave him exposure to college scouts and an offer to play collegiately at the University of Portland.
After appearing in 78 matches for the University of Portland, Robles signed his first professional contract in 2007 with German side FC Kaiserslautern where he appeared in 21 matches before joining Karlsruher SC at the start of the 2010 season. In two seasons with Karlsruher, he appeared in 28 matches. All matches in Germany were played in the 2. Bundesliga.
Midway through the 2012 Major League Soccer season Robles signed with the New York Red Bulls and he would spend the next eight seasons in New York where he became one of the best goalkeepers in Major League Soccer. He was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2015 and helped guide the New York Red Bulls to the Supporters' Shield trophy in the 2013, 2015, and 2018 seasons. Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Robles joined expansion side Inter Miami CF and appeared in 15 matches before his season came and to abrupt end with an injury in October. In nine Major League Soccer seasons, Robles appeared in 253 matches and recorded 74 shutouts.
Robles was also capped three times by the U.S. Men's National Team and was a member of the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2009 Gold Cup.