Major League Soccer announced that Luis Robles is a finalist for the 2016 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year. The New York Red Bulls goalkeeper led MLS in wins (16) and shutouts (11).
Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union) and Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) were also nominated. The finalists were the leading vote getters from a group comprised of current players, club staff, and media members. The winner will be announced on November 17th.
Robles is also nominated for MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year.
Brendan Joseph, SNY.tv
Luis Robles won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2015 and could become the first player in league history to win it twice in a row. He deserves credit for keeping the Red Bulls in a lot of games this year, making incredibly acrobatic saves with a casual ease. Despite the back line being in a constant state of flux due to injuries, he was able to lead the league in shutouts.
Robles joined the Red Bulls in 2012, at a time when the team was struggling to find consistency at the position. The club had cycled through multiple starters per season and was dropping points due to bad goalkeeping. Since taking over in late 2012, Robles has started every match and set the MLS ironman record.
It would appear he is the frontrunner to win the award again. Jamaican international Andre Blake had a strong year with the Philadelphia Union and led them to the playoffs, but he wasn't at the top of any major statistical categories. Current U.S. national team keeper Tim Howard has the name recognition, but he joined an already thriving Colorado Rapids squad in the middle of the season and only made 17 appearances.