Blake becomes the first goalkeeper ever to be taken with the top pick in the draft; Mamadou Diouf taken in second round
The Huskies are set to face Charlotte at 1 p.m. Sunday with a berth to the College Cup on the line.
UConn and JMU will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Morrone Stadium.
UConn will host either Stony Brook or Monmouth Sunday at 1 p.m.
Andre Blake was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year; Andrew Jean-Baptiste named Defensive Player of the Year.
Gbandi, who was born in Liberia and graduated from UConn in 2002, enjoyed one of the most successful careers in UConn history, beginning in 1998 when he was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year.
He was also honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001, while earning All-American honors those years as well. Gbandi received the Hermann Trophy in 2000 as the National Player of the Year after leading UConn to the NCAA Championship.
Gbandi returned to Storrs after nine years of professional playing experience. He was drafted with the first overall pick of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas, where he played until 2007. He was honored as FC Dallas' Defender of the Year in 2006.
Following his time in Dallas, Gbandi transferred to Norwegian club FK Haugesund, where he spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Most recently, Gbandi played with USSF Division 2 club Miami FC in 2010.