Major League Soccer (MLS) club Philadelphia Union have re-signed Jamaica international Andre Blake to a new multiyear contract.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper was rewarded for impressive form between the sticks for both club and country in recent seasons, which reportedly put him on the shopping list of a few European clubs.
A sensational 2016 season saw Blake earn the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award and named as the starting goalkeeper in the MLS All-Star Game. The keeper starred as Jamaica’s starter in the 2016 Copa America Centenario and then the 2017 Gold Cup, winning the Golden Glove in the latter tournament despite suffering a hand injury in the final, which Jamaica lost to the United States.
Philly selected Blake, 27, with the first overall pick of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and he earned the team’s starting job two years later. Since then he’s played 58 matches in net for the Union, recording 15 shutouts and 187 saves.
“It is a priority for us to build and secure the foundation of the Philadelphia Union, and Andre is as big a part of that foundation as any player,” said Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said.
“Ensuring he will be here for years to come is an important step for our club. We’re delighted to sign him to a new multi-year contract and would like to thank him for his dedication and hard work.”
The details of the custodian’s contract were not disclosed.