After a stellar MLS season and brilliant CONCACAF play, Andre Blake is nominated for CONCACAF Male Player of the Year.
Blake's case for CONCACAF Male Player of the Year begins with his incredible run in the 2017 Gold Cup, one where he won the Golden Gloves and was a major candidate for the Golden Ball. Blake opened his group stage with allowing just one goal in three games, including shutting out Mexico. After defeating Canada, Blake then shut out Mexico once again in the semifinals, setting up a matchup against the US Men's National Team.
Against the USMNT, Blake was again playing stellar soccer before a hand injury caused him to leave the game. Blake allowed just two goals in the entire tournament (more than 470 minutes played), which made him the easy choice for the award. He also was in the conversation for Golden Ball, but that award ultimately went to Michael Bradley of the USMNT. He was also named to the Best XI for the tournament.
In MLS, Blake put together a year which gave him arguably a better case for Goalkeeper of the Year than his 2016 award-winning season, but he finished second in the voting. Blake set a career-high in shutouts with nine, which included a franchise-best four consecutive clean sheets and 376 minutes without allowing a goal, the second longest stretch in team history. He set a new team record for save percentage with .700, and his 1.31 goals against average was the lowest of his career.
Blake has more than a good case for CONCACAF Male Player of the Year, as he excelled both in league play and on the national stage. To vote for Andre Blake, click here.