CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) -- The best goalkeeper in MLS now has some new boots.
"One of our leaders, a great guy on and off the field, the best goalkeeper in MLS," midfielder and team captain Alejandro Bedoya said at a team gathering near Subaru Park in Chester.
Blake won the 2022 MLS Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year award, becoming the first player in MLS history to receive that award three times.and 2016.
last fall. A native of Jamaica, he is still captain of Jamaica's national team and is a dual citizen.
"Andre, I know how hard you've worked to get to this point, to be the best goalkeeper, but also off the field, you and your family strived to become American citizens, so congratulations to you," Bedoya said before handing Blake the commemorative cleats. "I hope you take advantage of all the privileges and responsibilities that come with becoming a U.S. citizen, I look forward to seeing you in the voting booths."
The cleats were a surprise that came as the Union organization was gathered to celebrate the youth academy and entire Union pipeline being at the same campus -, .
"Definitely an amazing feeling to celebrate this moment with the only club that I have known ever since becoming a professional player," Blake said. "Looking forward to having a lot more memories with this club and hopefully we can get an MLS Cup soon. Let's go!"
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