Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts has heaped praised on Reggae Boyz Coach Theodore Whitmore, whose team defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Tuesday rebounding from their 3-0 loss to the same opponents on Saturday, November 14.

Philadelphia Union and Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake suffered a fractured right hand during last week Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire FC and could be out for the remainder of the MLS season, according to reports.

The 29-year-old Blake suffered the injury when he slammed his hand into the goalpost in the 76th minute and was eventually substituted 14 minutes later when the pain became unbearable.

Meantime, the Union’s management is hoping to get the MLS is Back Golden Glove winner back before the end of the season.

 “The hope is, if things go well, there’s a possibility that it is not a season-ending injury,” manager Jim Curtin said Friday. “But there is a fracture in there. We’re exploring the best possible way to get him back as quickly as possible.”

Blake, Jamaica’s number-one goalkeeper, had asked to be excused from national team duties so that he could focus on the Union’s playoff chances. The Reggae Boyz are expected to leave the island on November 6 for Saudi Arabia where they will play two international friendlies against that country’s national team on November 14 and 17.

Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Andre Blake suffered an injury during the Philadelphia Union’s 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire FC Wednesday night.

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has offered its congratulations to Reggae Boyz Captain Andre Blake for having won the Golden Glove Award for the just-concluded MLS IS BACK Tournament.

Jamaica Reggae Boyz shot-stopper and captain Andre Blake insists he is looking forward to what is expected to be a big year for both his club and national teams.

The 29-year-old goalkeeper made the MLS All-Star roster in 2016 and again in 2019.  By the numbers, however, Blake had a less than impressive season between the sticks.  The Union gave up 57 goals last year in all competitions. 

Blake didn’t have a clean sheet in the team’s last 13 games of the season and only had six for the team all year.  His goals-against average rose from 1.5 in 2018 (57 goals allowed in 38 games) to 1.64 in 2019 (46 in 28).

With the Union, however, a part of the Jamaican's struggles might have to do with a tweak in the team’s gameplay, which is expected to adjust this season particularly with the addition of new personnel.

Internationally the player’s national team has made the CONCACAF Hexagonal round for the first time since the 2014 cycle and could be in line for a second appearance at the FIFA World Cup.  The Reggae Boyz finished runners-up on two occasions and then semi-finalists in the last three editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“There’s a lot of soccer to play for club and country, there’s going to be a lot on the line,” Blake told the Inquirer

“I have to make sure I do everything to be ready, to stay sharp, to stay fit. I’m definitely looking forward to a big year, to do whatever it takes in the net when I’m with club and country to be successful and to help my team be successful,” he added.

 

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