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Philadelphia trades to select Andre Blake as first overall pick in MLS Superdraft

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Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 18:01

Andre Blake

The Associated Press

Andre Blake walks on stage after being selected by the Philadelphia Union during the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, Thursday, Jan. 16,

Goalkeeper Andre Blake was selected by Philadelphia Union as the first pick in Major League Soccer’s 2014 Superdraft this afternoon in Philadelphia.

Blake’s selection shook the league as the Union traded with rival D.C. United allocation money for the top pick after holding the second pick going into the draft. The draft pick through off Blake, who was caught off guard by going No. 1 in the draft, Blake said to MLS.

“I'm a little bit surprised," he said. "I was thinking maybe I was going in the top four, but I didn't see No. 1 coming.”

Blake made MLS history with his selection to Philadelphia, becoming the first goalkeeper to be drafted as the No. 1.

In his three years at University of Connecticut, Blake shutout 36 opponents and averaged .56 goals against average while accounting for a .808 saving percentage complimented with endless of awards including Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for two years and American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year.

Blake will be in competition with the improving Zac MacMath who stood on the line for Philadelphia as the starting goalkeeper the past two years. Blake’s inexperience could keep him from getting the starting position, but Blake plans to continue striving to become the starter and living up to his hype, he said.

“There's a little bit of pressure,” Blake said. “But I'm a goalkeeper and I've been under pressure all the years of all my life. I'm going to be out there, work hard on the pitch and show them it was good choice."

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