Blake nabs goalkeeper honor
Behind Robles was Colorado’s Tim Howard, D.C. United’s Bill Hamid and David Bingham of San Jose.
A collective swoon down the stretch, resulting in eight games without a win to end the Union’s season, blights Blake’s numbers. But the Jamaican, who’ll turn 26 next week, started 32 games, posting a 10-13-9 record. He allowed 50 goals and made 99 saves, posting six clean sheets.
None of those numbers are exemplary by MLS standards (in fact, he’s tied for the fifth-most goals allowed in 2016). But Blake’s penchant for extraordinary saves is unmatched in MLS, and he has perhaps the most raw shotstopping ability of anyone in the league.
Blake joins Chris Pontius (comeback player) and Keegan Rosenberry (Fair Play Award) among the Union’s postseason honorees.