Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake has been a brick wall between the sticks for club and country and now the Jamaican finds himself alongside some of the biggest names in soccer after being nominated for the 2021 International Federation of Football History & Statistics.
The two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year is having one of his best seasons in 2021, with a career-best 12 clean sheets in MLS play along with guiding the club to the Semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League with three shutouts. Blake also just recorded his 50th league shutout on Sunday night as the Union jumped into second place in the Eastern Conference.
Blake and the Union are back in action on Sunday afternoon with a Decision Day clash against rival, New York City FC. Kick off from Yankee Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. ET with coverage on PHL17 and PhiladelphiaUnion.com.
Blake is one of three MLS keepers to be nominated, joined by New England Revolution's Matt Turner and Orlando City SC's Pedro Gallese. The winner of the 2021 accolade is expected to be announced next month.
Full list of nominees
- Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy, Milan AC, Paris SG)
- Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Real Madrid CF)
- Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark, Leicester City)
- Jordan Pickford (England, Everton FC)
- David de Gea (Spain, Manchester United FC)
- Manuel Neuer (Germany, FC Bayern München)
- Ederson (Brazil, Manchester City FC)
- Édouard Mendy (Senegal, Chelsea)
- Emiliano Martínez (Argentina, Aston Villa)
- Jan Oblak (Slovenia, Atlético de Madrid)
- Peter Gulácsi (Hungary, RB Leipzig)
- Keylor Navas (Costa Rica / Paris SG)
- Allison (Brazil / Liverpool FC)
- Andre Onana (Cameroon / Ajax Amsterdam)
- Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt / Al Ahly SC)
- Matt Turner (United States, NewEngland Revolution)
- Andre Blake (Jamaica, Philadelphia Union)
- Pedro Gallese (Peru, city of Orlando)
- Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico, CF America)
- Amir Abedzadeh (Iran, Maritime)