January 26, 2017
REGGAE BOYZ CALLING
Union's Blake, Bethlehem's Burke joining Jamaica for friendlies
Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake and Bethlehem Steel forward Cory Burke have been called up to the Jamaican national team for matches against the U.S. in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Feb. 3 and Honduras in Houston, Texas, on Feb 16.
Blake, 26, a former University of Connecticut star selected No. 1 overall by the Union in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, totaling six shutouts, last year. Blake, who has started 39 MLS matches, set the franchise record for saves (10 against New England Revolution on Sept. 26, 2015).
Blake was the starting goalkeeper in the MLS All-Star Game in San Jose, earning Sportscenterís No. 1 play of the night with a save against Arsenal last year. Blake started all three matches for Jamaica in the Copa America Centenario and made his World Cup qualifying debut as Jamaica advanced past Nicaragua last year. Blake helped the Reggae Boyz finish runnerup in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and win the 2014 CONCACAF Caribbean Cup. Blake, who has made 22 career appearances for Jamaica, made his international debut in a 2-0 win over Barbados on March 2, 2014.
Burke, who scored four goals last season, notched his first international goal and earned a penalty kick in extra time in a win over Guyana in October and scored the winning goal against Suriname in November to help secure Jamaicaís berth into the 2017 Gold Cup.