MLS Awards: Blake clear winner as Goalkeeper of the Year

In his third professional season, Andre Blake has ascended to No. 1 among MLS goalkeepers.

On Thursday, the league announced Blake as its 2016 Goalkeeper of the Year. Blake earned the most votes in all three categories -- players, media, and team executives -- and ended up with a 24.15 combined percentage.

Blake endured a rocky first two seasons while the Union juggled him with several other goalies; once handed the starters' gloves, he started 32 games as Philly snagged its first playoff spot since 2011. He posted six shutouts, made 99 saves, and compiled a 1.56 goals-allowed average. His list of highlight-reel saves included nearly one from every game and he played a vital role in Philly's return to the playoffs.

Luis Robles, the 2015 winner, finished second in the voting and Tim Howard of Colorado placed third.

Blake, 26, has also secured the starting spot for Jamaica's national team. The former UConn All-American has represented his country 22 times.

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Here are the voting results:

Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year

Player Vote %

Media Vote %

Club Vote %

Average %

Andre Blake (Philadelphia)

30.07%

20.75%

21.62%

24.15%

Luis Robles (N.Y. Red Bulls)

10.49%

18.87%

12.16%

13.84%

Tim Howard (Colorado)

15.38%

6.60%

16.22%

12.73%

Bill Hamid (D.C. United)

5.59%

11.32%

16.22%

11.04%

David Bingham (San Jose)

2.10%

13.21%

8.11%

7.80%

 
MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Winners
2016 -- Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
2015 -- Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
2014 -- Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
2013 -- Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers)
2012 –  Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
2011 -- Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC)
2010 -- Donovan Ricketts (L.A. Galaxy)
2009 -- Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)
2008 -- Jon Busch (Chicago Fire)
2007 -- Brad Guzan (Chivas USA)
2006 -- Troy Perkins (D.C. United)
2005 -- Pat Onstad (San Jose Earthquakes)
2004 -- Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids)
2003 -- Pat Onstad (San Jose Earthquakes)
2002 -- Joe Cannon (San Jose Earthquakes)
2001 -- Tim Howard (MetroStars)
2000 -- Tony Meola (Kansas City Wizards)
1999 -- Kevin Hartman (L. A. Galaxy)
1998 -- Zach Thornton (Chicago Fire)
1997 -- Brad Friedel (Columbus Crew)
1996 -- Mark Dodd (Dallas Burn)

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