HANOVER, N.J. – Come Sunday afternoon, Luis Robles is hoping to have three points from his team’s derby match with New York City FC. He also might be holding in his arms his third child.
The Red Bulls’ goalkeeper and his wife Cara are expecting a child that is due on Tuesday, another complication in what is already a stressful and packed week. Sunday’s match at Red Bull Arena is already receiving its fair share of hype, especially since the season series is split between these two sides. The Red Bulls find themselves five points behind NYCFC in the Eastern Conference standings and a victory in the third installment of the Hudson River Derby could vault them back into the race for the East lead.
Of course, things are always subject to change. The couple has a contingency plan in place should the unforeseen happen and their baby decides to come out earlier than expected.
Cara will be at the game on Sunday — with bags packed and ready in the car just in case something happens — and has contact information for the team administrator as well as sporting director Ali Curtis in case of an emergency. On Friday night, the couple discussed their plan if their baby decides to come out early.
The couple decided together that the focus is to be on the game and she’ll handle the pregnancy during those few hours that he’ll be playing. There are friends nearby who are ready to help should she need to get to the hospital or have another need or concerns.
Robles said his mind will be on the match vs. NYCFC the moment he arrives at Red Bull Arena.
“It doesn’t matter who the opponent, it is another day at work and taking care of business,” Luis told MSGNetworks.com.
“We are at the point in our season where it is very important we get results. It doesn’t matter if it is a rival or another Eastern Conference opponent or a team out West. We need to get some wins.”
The couple does not know yet the gender of the baby although Luis is guessing it will be a boy. The goalie remains confident that his child will keep to the schedule.
“I don’t think [the birth] will happen Sunday. I think it will happen on Tuesday,” Luis said.