After some uncharacteristic struggles during the 2019 season, Andre Blake is back to his old ways at the MLS is Back Tournament, helping lead the Philadelphia Union to the competition’s quarterfinals.
The Jamaican international, who was the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016, has been a central figure in the Union’s advancement by making some big, and timely, saves in Orlando.
In fact, his shot-stopping stats are remarkable. His "goals conceded minus xG of shots on target conceded" figure is -3.59, which means opponents would have been expected to score 5.59 goals on average based on the quality of chances. But they’ve only scored two.
Why is that so significant? It's not only the best of the tournament so far, but the Union's 3W-0L-1D record in Orlando would also have looked a lot different since all three Union wins came by a one-goal margin.
Goals Conceded-xG of Shots on Target Conceded
Is Blake the MVP of MLS is Back?
Blake will hope to continue that trend when the Union meet Sporting Kansas City Thursday (8 pm ET | ESPN, ESPN Deportes in US; TSN, TVAS2) in the MLS is Back Tournament quarterfinals.