The Pride of Huachuca City is headed to an MLS team.
His German club, Karlsruher SC, was demoted to the third division. He was released and MLS announced this afternoon that he has signed and will now go through the allocation process.
At the top of the allocation list is the New England Revolution. The Revs have Matt Reis with Bobby Shuttleworth and Tim Murray as backups. Murray has yet to see game minutes (his only match time was on loan to FC New York last year), but Shuttleworth has proved to be an able backup. The idle talk about Reis being on his way out seems to rest on the fact that, with Joseph gone, he’s the last guy from the good old days. He’s still strong, however. I doubt New England takes Robles, unless Reis is, in fact, on his way out.
Next: Toronto FC. Toronto FC seems to have righted things somewhat, and I don’t think that even in their darker days, Stefan Frei and Miloš Kocić were seen as the problems. Still, I thought Toronto might be where Robles landed, until I checked their roster and found that they have four keepers.
Chivas USA is third on the list. Dan Kennedy has been one of the best keepers in the league. I don’t know what sort of salary Robles can command, but will they want to pay that much to a back-up? Will Robles want to be a back up?
I see a similar problem with San Jose. Yes, Jon Busch is getting a bit older, but he’s been solid. Plus, their back-up, David Bingham, is not only reliable but a non-salary cap munching Generation Adidas player.
I’m looking at the guy to go pretty far into the allocation. Heck, he may even get his wish from back in the beginning of the season and end up with New York, number 10, after all.