PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Philadelphia Union and former UConn All-American goalkeeper Andre Blake was named on Wednesday the 2016 Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
Blake finished well ahead of his counterparts, finishing first in the player, media and club vote ahead of Luis Robles from the New York Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids’ Tim Howard.
Blake completed the 2016 regular season with six shutouts, a 1.56 goals against average and recorded 99 saves. On his way to the end of the season honor, Blake was voted an MLS All-Star and earned a starting nod in the match.
Blake was the first-ever goalkeeper selected with the No. 1 overall pick on Jan. 16, 2014 and was the second UConn player to be with the first overall pick, Chris Gbandi (Dallas, 2002).
Blake's 36 career shutouts rank third all-time in program history, while his 46 wins are the fourth most by a UConn goalkeeper. In 2013, he was named an NSCAA First Team All-American for the second consecutive season after a Third Team All-American selection following his freshman campaign in 2011.
Besides his quality play with Philadelphia in the MLS, Blake has positioned himself as the top goalkeeper for the Jamaican National Team. He has collected 22 career senior caps and been in net for 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.