HANOVER, N.J. — New York Red Bulls coach Chris Armas knew pretty early that when it was his time to retire from a storied playing career he would go into coaching.
Others, like Claudio Reyna and Carlos Bocanegra, become sporting directors. And still others, such as Tony Meola or Brian Dunseth, go into broadcasting.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles may have a different route after working the runway at New York Fashion Week.
It was a first for the 34-year-old veteran and captain. He joined New York City FC’s Ronald Matarrita, former NFL running back Marcus Allen and beach volleyball Olympic champion Kerri Walsh-Jennings among athletes who modeled Wednesday.
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“I had a blast. I really did, meeting some absolute legends of sport,” Robles said after training Friday. “I was in the line behind Marcus Allen, of course a Hall of Famer, and in front of Kerri Walsh-Jennings.”
Walsh-Jennings chatted up Robles about soccer and soccer academies for her son.
“We got to talk about her son, who is very interested in playing soccer and was asking about LAFC academy and LA Galaxy,” Robles said. “I said, ‘If you really want your son to have the best opportunity, you should move to New York and go to New York Red Bulls academy.”
But could Robles be the soccer version of Zoolander?
“I don’t know about that being a post [playing] career for him,” midfielder Tyler Adams said. “I think he’s going to stick to being some sort of sporting director or something, hopefully. I didn’t have any banter with him yet, so thank you for bringing that back up.”
While Armas acknowledged he didn’t quite have the height to model — he’s 5-foot-7 — the Red Bulls coach wouldn’t be surprised if Robles took it up when his time in the pitch ends.
“Luis, on the other hand, a good-looking guy, a nice face,” Armas said. “Clearly, he’s got a nice smile and all that. Modeling of quads, maybe? I’m not sure, but he can do whatever he wants in his life. There’s nothing he can’t do.”