Jamaica’s Blake just wants to improve, play
Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake (pictured) makes a save against Mexico in their CONCACAF Gold Cup game on July 13, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, USA. (Photo: AFP)
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – With a pair of standout performances thus far in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, goalkeeper Andre Blake is quickly becoming one of the faces of the Jamaica national team.

The 26-year-old already has 22 caps.  Despite success in the early part of his career, Blake is focused on the process of improvement and playing as many games as possible.  That is why he is taking advantage of each chance given to him by head coach Theodore Whitmore. 

“It’s a work in progress.  The more you play as a goalkeeper, you gain invaluable experience, experience you can’t get from training,” said Blake, who plays for the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.  “The more I get to play for my club and my country is very important.  Hopefully, I can keep using that as a stepping stone to keep working on and make sure I keep playing games so I can keep getting better.”

Blake has shown his talent in the Reggae Boyz’s first two Group C matches.  He made six saves in a 2-0 win over Curacao and then shutout defending champion Mexico in a scoreless draw.

On Sunday, Jamaica (1W-1D-0L, 4 points) can clinch a quarterfinal berth with a draw against third-place El Salvador (1-0-1, 3) on Sunday at the Alamodome.  Blake refused to speculate on what can be expected from the matchup. 

“My approach going into every game is the same no matter who the opponent is,” he finished.  “It was the same for Mexico.  I had more saves in the Curacao game than I did against Mexico.  Sometimes you can’t predict what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen.

“For me, I have to just make sure I have a clear head going into each game and be prepared for whatever might come.”

A successful recipe that promises to take Blake’s career to even greater heights.