It was a great two-day stretch for the last two No. 1 picks in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
One day after 2015 No. 1 pick and former UConn Husky Cyle Larin set league's rookie scoring record, 2014 No. 1 pick and former UConn Husky Andre Blake had some fun of his own. The 24-year-old goalkeeper made 10 saves against the New England Revolution Saturday night, setting a new single-game record for the Philadelphia Union.
The previous Union record was eight, set by Zac MacMath in 2012. Most of Blake's saves came late in the second half, as New England pushed for a potential winning goal in what ended up being a 1-1 draw.
Below is his highlight reel from last night. Some of the saves he made look superhuman. But as most people who saw him play at UConn will tell you, they were pretty standard for the Jamaican star.
After battling injuries and a logjam of goalkeepers in Philadelphia the last two seasons, Blake seems to have solidified himself as the Union's No. 1 goalkeeper. In three starts, he has only allowed two goals, stopping 19 of 21 shots. Both goals were against New England – a great shot from the top of the box in early September and a penalty kick Saturday night. Blake's 90 percent save percentage is the highest of any MLS goalkeeper who has started two or more matches.
Before Saturday's match, Philadelphia manager Jim Curtin had a decision to make. Philadelphia hosts Sporting Kansas City Wednesday night in the U.S. Open Cup Final. With his performances lately, especially Saturday's record-setting performance, Blake has all but made Curtin's choice for him.
Andre Blake made 10 saves tonight. The Open Cup final is on Wednesday. The decision is that simple. #DOOP— Joe Tansey (@JTansey90) September 27, 2015