There was a reason for that poignant hug between Luis
Robles and Bradley Wright-Phillips at the end of the New York Red Bulls' 4-3 loss at Philadelphia in Round One of the 2019 MLS playoffs.
Robles and Wright-Phillips had played their last game for the Red Bulls.
On Thursday, the Red Bulls announced that the pair won't be returning in 2020.
Robles played 261 regular-season and playoff games over eight seasons; Wright-Phillips 215 games in seven seasons. They were members of Red Bulls teams that won Supporters' Shields in 2013, 2015 and 2018.
Robles, 35, was the Red Bulls captain the past two seasons. He set an MLS record with 183 consecutive complete games played and was named the 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
“The entire organization would like to thank Luis for his contributions to the club over the last eight seasons,” said sporting director Denis Hamlett in a statement. “During his tenure, Luis was an important part of the team and the organization, leading our efforts on and off the field. Luis’ play and work ethic speak for themselves when you look at the individual and team success during his time. These decisions are never easy and we wish Luis and his family the best in the next stage of his career.
Luis Robles says his goodbye to the organization. pic.twitter.com/stwRrn6lMU— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) November 21, 2019
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