Last year, Andre Blake won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, and is putting together yet another amazing season and is looking to defend it and win the award again. He was arguably the best keeper in the CONCACAF Gold Cup leading Jamaica all the way to the final. He is a stud.
Blake injured his hand during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final against the United States fairly early on in the game (within the first 20 min). After a collision with USA’s Kellyn Acosta, Blake cut the webbing in between his index and middle finger, and left the game. The cut needed seven stitches.
After leaving the game, the US went on to win 2-1 and it was evident that losing Blake was a huge loss to the Reggae Boyz. Not only was it a huge loss to the Jamaican side, it also was a blow to the Union as they have been dependent on Blake’s great goalkeeping to keep them in games.
It is expected for Blake to miss about a month, causing him to miss the following games:
Sat Aug. 5th vs. FC Dallas
Sat Aug 12th vs. Montreal Impact
Sat Aug 19th @ San Jose Earthquakes
Wed Aug 23 @ Toronto FC (possibly could return for this game)
Though in an interview, Blake said that he will be out for less than a month, which is great because many people expected him to be out much longer. In Blake’s absence , John McCarthy will step in and defend the goal for the Philly boys. McCarthy has been a bright spot for the Union as of late after putting up impressive performances despite being 1-3-1 in the games he has played in.
Hopefully Blake makes a strong and quick recovery and is able to help the Union gather some more points and continue to try and make a playoff push in the coming weeks of the season.