FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (February 25, 2020) —
As Luis Robles told the press today, in early January he got in touch with his future teammates on social media and text messages in order to plan some personal training sessions before preseason even began.
Today, his drive and determination landed him the captain’s armband. Head coach Diego Alonso made the appointment prior to the start of the morning training session. The 35-year-old goalkeeper was given the news in front of the entire team, as well as club co-owners David Beckham and Jorge Mas, just five days before the start of the club’s expansion season.
“As I shared with the guys, I’m truly honoured and proud to be able to represent the guys in this capacity,” said Robles. “I’ll do everything I can not only to represent them but the club in the best way possible.”
Serving as team captain is not something new to Robles, however. He was the captain during his two seasons in New Jersey paying for Red Bulls. Robles says he wants to not only guide and encourage the younger players on the roster with his words, but moreover through his actions in matches and training.
“There are certain players that walk onto the training field or the stadium and they’ve got an aura about them and they’ve got a leadership about them,” said Beckham. “That’s why he’s our captain. The manager is the one who decides who is the captain and when he spoke to us about it, we all totally agreed.”