2016 (Philadelphia): Blake broke out in 2016, starting 32 matches for the Union en route to being named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. He went 10-13-9 with 99 saves over a career-high 2,880 minutes played. He also started two U.S. Open Cup matches and the Union’s postseason contest at Toronto FC. Midway through the campaign, Blake was also named to the 2016 MLS All-Star squad along with Keegan Rosenberry, where he started the contest against Arsenal.
2015 (Philadelphia): The Jamaican international made six appearances (all starts) for the Union, all down the stretch of the 2015 season. He started six of the final eight matches after recovering from knee injuries, going 2-3-1 with 26 saves over 540 minutes played. He made 10 saves against New England on September 26, 2015, setting a club record. He also started the final of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against Sporting Kansas City, a narrow penalty shootout loss for Philadelphia.
2014 (Philadelphia): Blake was selected by Philadelphia first overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, the first goalkeeper ever to be taken first overall in the history of the event. During his rookie season, he made one appearance (one start) for Philadelphia, on August 16, 2014 at Houston. He also started the Union’s U.S. Open Cup match against Harrisburg (June 18, 2014), a 3-1 victory for Philadelphia.
Blake regularly features as Jamaica’s number one goalkeeper and has earned 23 caps for the Reggae Boyz. His debut came in a friendly against Barbados on March 3, 2014. He has since started for Jamaica in the 2014 Caribbean Cup as well as FIFA World Cup qualification and the Copa America Centenario 2016, where he played every minute of every match.
Blake registered 37 shutouts and a 46-10-12 record in three years at the University of Connecticut, earning Conference Goalkeeper of the Year awards each season (two Big East, one American Athletic Conference). A semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as a junior, he also earned All-Big East first team, NSCAA First Team All-American, Soccer America MVP First Team and Soccer America All-Freshman First Team recognition during his time at UConn.
Selected by the Philadelphia Union in the First Round (First Overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on January 16, 2014.
Name: Andre Blake
Born: November 21, 1990 in May Pen, Jamaica
Hometown: May Pen, Jamaica
Acquired: Selected by the Philadelphia Union in the First Round (First Overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on January 16, 2014.