Jamaica int’l GK Blake has knee surgery

(ABOVE) Andre Blake (right) helped lead Jamaica to the 2014 Caribbean Cup title and place in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

CHESTER, Pa. – Philadelphia Union and Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after undergoing knee surgery, the Major League Soccer club announced Monday.

The 24-year-old underwent a successful partial menisectomy on his left knee.

Blake played in one league match last year, making seven saves in a 2-0 los at the Houston Dynamo.  He also appeared in two 2014 Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup games, both wins.

The 6-foot-4, 190-lb. Blake has performed for the Reggae Boyz nine times, since making his debut in a 2-0 triumph over Barbados on March 2, 2014. 

More recently, Blake played a vital role for the Jamaicans as they won the 2014 Caribbean Cup championship.  In the final, he made a key save, denying Trinidad & Tobago's Kenwyne Jones in the penalty-kick shootout.  Jamaica prevailed, 4-3, after the teams played to a scoreless draw.

Both sides advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be held in the United States this July.