Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake Wednesday was named winner of the MLS is Back Tournament Golden Glove.

Blake led all goalkeepers in the competition with 32 saves, far and away the most in the competition. He also produced an 86.5 save percentage, which also was best among the league’s goalkeeper.

He backstopped the Union to four wins and a place in the semifinals.

Blake opened the tourney with a seven-save shutout of New York City FC, one of two clean sheets, which he also tied for the competition lead. He also made five saves in a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution in the Round of 16.

Of Blake’s 32 saves, 19 of them came on shots from inside the penalty area. That included a remarkable save on NYCFC’s Héber in the 87th minute of the tournament-opening match July 9, which preserved a 1-0 victory and has been nominated for the save of the tournament.

In 2016, Blake was named the MLS goalkeeper of the year, and on two other occasions has been a finalist for the end-of-season league honor in addition to being a two-time MLS all star.

The captain of the Jamaica national team, Blake was the top pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Connecticut, the first goalkeeper to be taken with the first overall selection in the history of the event.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at