Andre Blake is once again nominated for the MLS keeper of the Year award, aiming to become the first back-to-back winner in the award’s history.
Blake’s 2016 set career highs across the board, posting six shutouts and making 99 saves, many of which were highlight reel saves. He had a 1.56 goals against average and a 66 percent save percentage.
Blake started 25 games for the Union, a smaller number than last year due to more international call-ups and an injury during the Gold Cup. But in those 25 games, he dazzled.
Blake’s 2017 campaign is highlighted by a four game shutout streak, the longest of his career and the most consecutive games with a shutout in Union history. In terms of minutes, his 378 minutes without allowing a goal was the second longest such stretch in Union history.
In 2017, Blake reeled off nine shutouts for the Union, setting a new career-high. His goals against average dropped to a paltry 1.32 and his save percentage increased to 70 percent, with one game remaining.
He also performed valiantly during the Gold Cup, where he won the Golden Gloves award and was one of the leading candidates for the Golden Ball before suffering his hand injury in the Gold Cup Final.
Andre Blake has a very good resume to be the first ever back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Year, and should be considered one of the favorites to win the award.