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Report: Andre Blake signs new multi-year contract

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Philadelphia Union star to become one of the highest paid goalkeepers in the league

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Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake has signed a new deal that could keep him in Chester for 2018 and beyond, according to a report in Goal.

The report states that Blake’s multi-year contract will make him one of the highest paid in Major League Soccer.

The Jamaica international made $186,500 in guaranteed compensation in 2017, according to salary information released last September. That was 12th best in the league. The top earners were Tim Howard at $2.475 million, Nick Rimando at $470,000, Luis Robles at $430,000 and Brad Guzan at $400,000.

Blake, 27, was drafted first overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Union out of the University of Connecticut and has made 65 appearances for the Union. He’s been capped 31 times by the Jamaican National Team.

The 2016 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year has drawn interest abroad with Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace in England named as suiters in a report that surfaced last September. Work permit issues may have prevented a move to either club, according to the report.