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Blake Tabbed as 2016 MLS All-Star

July 9, 2016

SAN JOSE - After a breakout season, former UConn men's soccer standout and current Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake ('13) has been selected as a 2016 Major League Soccer All-Star, as announced by the league on Saturday. The All-Star tilt is scheduled for Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Blake, who was selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, becoming the first-ever goalkeeper to be taken as the top pick,  has earned 17 starts for the Union in his third season, putting together a 6-6-5 overall record. The keeper holds a .679 save percentage and has tallied three clean sheets in the net. In addition to stopping 53 opponents' shots, Blake holds a team-best 1.41 goals against average.

"We are incredibly proud of Andre for earning a spot on the MLS All-Star team," said 20th-year UConn head coach Ray Reid. "He had a tremendous career in a Husky uniform and anyone that worked with him during his three years in Storrs is not surprised that he is having so much success at the professional level. He is truly deserving of this honor."

The keeper had a tremendous career in a Husky uniform, earning 36 shutouts in his three years as a starter. Blake was twice named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year and capped off his impressive run as the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013.

Blake's 36 career shutouts rank third all-time in program history, while his 46 wins are the fourth most by a Connecticut goalkeeper. In 2013, the keeper amassed a 0.75 goals against average and helped lead the Huskies to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal match. He was named as an NSCAA First Team All-American for the second consecutive season after being tabbed a Third Team All-American following his freshman campaign in 2011.



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