After an impressive season, from dominating in the MLS is Back tournament to carrying the same momentum during the season’s return en route to the Philadelphia Union winning their first-ever trophy, Andre Blake was voted the Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of Year.
This is the second time that he has won the award, previously winning in 2016 (now in a five-way tie for the most in MLS history along with Joe Cannon, Pat Onstad, Zach Thornton, and Donovan Ricketts).
The Jamaican international led the league in several categories, including a 77.8 save percentage while allowing 18 goals (0.88 goals allowed average). Also, prior to suffering a hand fracture in the Union’s 2-1 victory at Subaru Park over the Chicago Fire on October 28, Blake was the leader in wins, posting a 13-3-5 overall record.
For the voting, which was done by MLS club technical staff, media, and current MLS players, the 29-year-old dominated in all three of the categories with 33.02 percent of the player votes, 49.12 percent of the club votes, and 50.21 percent of the media votes. Overall, Blake’s final vote percentage was 44.12 percent. Some of the other goalkeepers in contention were the New England Revolution’s Matt Turner (12.21 percent), the Columbus Crew’s Eloy Room (7.44 percent), Orlando City’s Pedro Gallese (6.86 percent), the Seattle Sounders’ Stefan Frei (5.99 percent), and New York City FC’s Sean Johnson (5.69 percent).
With Blake’s play between the posts this season, he was a vital part in the Chester-based club winning the Supporters’ Shield this season and home-field advantage throughout the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs, where they hope to keep their undefeated record at Subaru Park.
Blake is also a finalist for the league MVP award.