Philadelphia Union sign Andre Blake to a multi-year contract extension
The Philadelphia Union announced today that they have signed goalkeeper Andre Blake to a multi-year contract extension. Blake’s new contract will keep him on the Union through 2024 with a club option for 2025. The former first overall pick in 2014 holds all-time Union records in game played, games started, minutes played, saves, and clean sheets. He set the single-season saves record (118 saves) and single-season win record (14 wins) in 2018.
Here’s a quote from the official Union release:
“Andre was the backbone of the best defense in MLS last season and has been a key piece of our club’s success the past few seasons. His high level of play has allowed us to give young defenders such as Mark McKenzie, Kai Wagner, and Olivier Mbaizo opportunities to prove themselves at the MLS level,” said Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner. “As the rest of the league recognized last year, we have the best keeper in North America, and he is continuously getting better. While his play speaks for itself on the field, his mentality and the leadership role he has taken in our young squad has been as equally important. We are thrilled that he will remain with our club for years to come.”
Blake is an absolute stud on the MLS and international level. He’s the number on goalkeeper and captain for the Jamaican national team and has earned 46 caps for the Reggae Boyz. Blake is currently playing in his fourth Gold Cup. In 2017, he had three clean sheets and only allowed four goals in six games, earning him the Golden Gloves award and a best XI nomination.
The Philadelphia Union will be back in action on Saturday, as they host D.C. United at Subaru Park. As always, make sure you’re tuned in to Fox Sports The Gambler, the home of the Philadelphia Union for complete pregame, game, and postgame coverage.