It’s official: the Philadelphia Union’s Andre Blake is the best goalkeeper in Major League Soccer, winning the MLS Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year award. Blake beat out New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard to take home the award.
In his first full season in net for the Union, the first overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft played in 32 of 34 games, missing only two games while with the Jamaica National Team in the Copa America. Blake amassed six shutouts, 99 saves, and a 1.56 goals against average.
From the Philadelphia Union press release:
"I'm extremely grateful for this award. To win Goalkeeper of the Year in my first full season as a starter is something I will always cherish,” Blake said. I want to thank my teammates for pushing me to be better each day. Thank you to our technical staff and my goalkeeper coach Oka Nikolov. Thank you to the voters across MLS for recognizing the season we had here in Philadelphia. We will look to be even better in 2017."