Blake vs. NYRB

Andre Blake named IBX Live Fearless Player of the Month

What a month it was for Andre Blake. 

After getting a couple of August matches after returning from his hand injury suffered in the Gold Cup, Blake played some of his best soccer of the season in September. 

It started off with a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United FC, where he weathered a couple of dangerous chances by the Loons and helped the Union grab a road point.

But on national television against New York Red Bulls is where Blake really shined.

He stopped eight shots against Red Bulls, tying his season high and just two shy of his career high. He made highlight reel saves, including a diving stop against Derrick Etienne and kick save against Bradley Wright-Phillips. He was a huge reason why the Union walked into Red Bull Arena and headed back to Philadelphia with another big road point. 

He capped off September by holding Chicago Fire to just one goal as the Union extended its unbeaten streak to four games in the team's 3-1 victory against Chicago Fire. And just like in his other September games, he made some big saves in key moments. 

During September, Blake was nominated for Save of the Week and was the IBX Live Fearless Man of the Match twice. He also dropped his goals against average to a 1.25, the lowest in his career.

So it was no surprise Blake won the IBX Live Fearless Player of the Month with a whopping 85 percent of the vote. It was very much deserved. 


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