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2016 Depth Chart: Goalkeepers

This is the first in a series that looks at the Philadelphia Union's depth charts for each position. Up first are the men in net - the goalkeepers.

Andre Blake is the top of the Philadelphia Union's depth chart for goalkeepers
Andre Blake is the top of the Philadelphia Union's depth chart for goalkeepers
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Get all of the jokes out of your system - those were so last year anyhow. 2016 is a new year, and one where the goalkeeper situation is clearer than it has been in a while.

1. Andre Blake - Blake goes into this season as the undisputed number one goalkeeper. With Rais M'Bolhi riding the pine in Turkey and Zac MacMath in Colorado, Blake has the starting job all to himself. He backstopped Jamaica to a World Cup Third Qualifying Round win over Nicaragua on aggregate as well as blanking upstart Haiti in Port-au-Prince in World Cup Fourth Qualifying Round play. Sidelined during much of 2015 by meniscectomies on both knees, Blake has seen zero issue since returning from injury, going 2-3-1 in 2015 with a 1.50 GAA. The recently married Blake has the backing of Manager Jim Curtin as number one goalkeeper in 2016.

2. Matt Jones - Jones was the first goalkeeper added by the Union in a long time that didn't elicit a visceral, angry reaction from the Union fan base. Picked up on loan from Belenenses on February 9, Curtin said that he expected Jones to battle John McCarthy for minutes when Andre Blake is out on international duty, however you have to imagine that he wasn't brought in to sit on the bench.

3. John McCarthy - Local kid John McCarthy showed glimmers of promise in 2015, however he also showed that he has a lot to learn. The USL Rookie of the Year and USL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2014, McCarthy posted a 3-5-3 record with a 1.64 GAA with the Union in 2015. Look for he and Jones to both split time between U.S. Open Cup matches, matches where Andre Blake is out on international duty, and Bethlehem Steel FC matches.

4. Samir Badr - Badr was one of the first players signed by BSFC, having spent time with D.C. United and FC Porto's youth systems as well as playing professionally in Egypt. Badr is only 23, and will most likely get minutes to develop his craft.