Andre Blake Selected No. 1 Overall in MLS SuperDraft

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union trade up to make Blake the top pick, Mamadou Diouf also selected in second round by Vancouver Whitecaps.

UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake has been selected No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia Union in the MLS SuperDraft, becoming the second UConn player and first goalkeeper ever to be selected first overall.

In addition, forward Mamadou Diouf has been selected No. 30 overall by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the second round of the draft. Diouf had been projected as a mid first round pick, but an injury suffered earlier this season evidently gave many teams pause on the talented goal scorer.

The Union were originally slated to pick No. 2 but traded up to select Blake, swapping picks with DC United. The Union reportedly gave up an undisclosed sum of cash to acquire the pick, and their eagerness to select Blake would suggest that he will likely be the team's starter going forward.


Blake has been one of the nation's top keepers in each of his three seasons at UConn, earning conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors each year. He has been a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American three times and named to the all-conference First Team every season. His 36 career shutouts rank third all-time in program history, while his 46 wins are the fourth most by a UConn goalkeeper.

This past season Blake allowed just 15 goals in 20 matches. He had a 0.75 goals against average and recorded 10 shutouts on the year. In the NCAA Tournament, Blake helped UConn overcome its penalty shootout bugaboo by coming up huge against UMBC and No. 1 UCLA to lead the Huskies to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third straight season.

Prior to Blake's selection, the only other UConn soccer player to be drafted No. 1 overall in the MLS SuperDraft was Chris Gbandi, who was selected first overall by FC Dallas (then known as the Dallas Burn) 2002.

More to come.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The UConn Blog

You must be a member of The UConn Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The UConn Blog. You should read them.

Join The UConn Blog

You must be a member of The UConn Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The UConn Blog. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker