Blake nabs goal­keeper honor

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Matthew DeGe­orge

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.

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