The Philadelphia Union’s season and home opener didn’t go according to plan, but fans don’t blame Andre Blake for the 3-1 loss to Toronto FC. Blake received the highest rating in our first community player ratings survey of the season.
Blake had a stand-out game on Saturday with a notable save in the 34th minute that led to a questionable handball penalty on Kai Wagner inside the box. Jonathan Osorio lined up to take the penalty kick against Blake. Calm and collected, the Jamaican international guessed the right way to save the shot from Osorio.
This is what Blake had to say about the penalty and a couple other saves he had on the night.
“Yeah, it was very tough. The header was very tough save for me as well, but I think that kind of got me into you know and like I said before I just kind of stayed focused and had an open mind to know that okay, you might be facing a penalty kick so I was just trying to get ready for that.”
With an average rating of 3.75, Andre narrowly beat Marco Fabiá, who had an average rating of 3.64 in his MLS debut. On the other end was veteran midfielder Haris Medunjanin, who finished with the lowest rating — a 1.9 average — after failing to track Michael Bradley’s late runs into the box on both of his goals.
Thank you to everyone who voted this week. The Union will hit the road this weekend for the first time with a trip to Kansas City to face Sporting Kansas City at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Player Ratings - Week 1 Results