Jamaica GK Blake targets quick return from injury
Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake (#8) was named to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI team. (Photo: AFP Services)
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SANTA CLARA, California -- Andre Blake is hopeful that he will be back playing soon.

Jamaica's standout goalkeeper was forced from the CONCACAF Gold Cup final with an injury Wednesday night after a collision with United States midfielder Kellyn Acosta.

Although painful, the injury looked worse than what it was in the 2-1 loss at Levi's Stadium.  Sporting a bandaged right hand afterwards, the Philadelphia Union custodian needed seven stitches to close a cut between his middle and index fingers.
 
"Hopefully, I can get back to playing soon," said Blake, adding that the stitches would be removed in 10 days.  "From there on in it's going to be a day-by-day situation to see how it feels."

Blake recorded three shutouts and earned three man of the match honors, while surrendering two goals in six Gold Cup matches.
 
"I wasn't sure what it was," he commented about his initial reaction to the wound.  "I just knew I got hit.  I took off my gloves and saw it was pretty bad cut, so I knew I was not able to continue."
 
Dwayne Miller came on as a substitute and acquitted himself well.
 
"I was just hoping that the guys would be able to do it for me," expressed Blake, who was named recipient of the Gold Cup’s Golden Glove Award.  "They did a great job, but, unfortunately, they were unable to [win]." 

The 26-year-old was "very proud" of Jamaica, which has lost two consecutive Gold Cup finals.

"I told them in the locker room to keep their heads up," he finished.  “They did a great job.  They made a great run.  It's just going to get better from here on in. 
 
"We're starting to realize more and more that we have the talent. We just have to keep this group of guys together and improve in a few different spots and keep going forward."