Andre Blake facts for kids
Blake with Philadelphia Union in 2017
|Full name||Andre Jason Blake|
|Date of birth||21 November 1990|
|Place of birth||May Pen, Jamaica|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Current club||Philadelphia Union|
|Sporting Central Academy|
|Harbour View F.C.|
† Appearances (Goals).
Blake spent three years playing college soccer at UConn, before signing a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer. He registered 37 shutouts over his three years in goal for the Huskies, winning the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012 and the AAC Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2013. He was named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy in 2013.
Blake was selected by Philadelphia Union first overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Originally anticipated to be the Union's starting goalkeeper, he was deputized to the bench when the Union signed designated player, Raïs M'Bolhi. Blake made his first appearance for the Union in a friendly match against Crystal Palace in July 2014. He made his first competitive start for the Union in a 1-0 win against Montreal Impact who debuted Didier Drogba as their new designated player. Blake started for five of the remaining eight matches in the 2015 season. On 26 September 2015, playing against New England Revolution, Blake set a Union team record for saves in a match with 10 stops to preserve a 1-1 draw.
During the 2016 season, Blake cemented himself as the clear starting goalkeeper for the Union. In July 2016, he was included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game. He was also selected to the 2019 MLS All-Star Game as the Union's only representative.
During the 2020 season, Blake earned accolades for his performances including the Golden Glove for the MLS is Back Tournament, his second MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, and second selection to the MLS Best XI. Blake posted a 77.8 save percentage and allowed only 18 goals, leading the league in both stats for goalkeepers with 20 or more appearances. He also led the league in wins (13) and posted eight clean sheets.
In July 2021, Blake signed a contract extension with the Union through the 2024 season, with a club option for 2025.
Blake made his debut Jamaica national football team start on 2 March 2014, versus Barbados, a 2–0 win. Blake earned his first medal for Jamaica later that year, winning the 2014 Caribbean Cup and earning the Golden Gloves award in the process.
Blake earned his U.S. green card in the summer of 2015. This status also qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.
In 2021, Blake and his wife opened a sports bar, Blake's Kickout Sports Bar and Lounge, in his hometown of May Pen.
|Club||Season||League||U.S. Open Cup||Playoffs||CONCACAF||Other||Total|
- Supporters' Shield:
- Winner: 2020
- U.S. Open Cup:
- Runner-up: 2014, 2015, 2018
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