uhlsport launches cooperation with Jamaican national goalkeeper Andre Blake
Balingen, 27. March 2023 – For the first time in the history of uhlsport GmbH, a partnership between a professional goalkeeper of the Major League Soccer and the Swabian sporting goods manufacturer will be concluded. The Jamaican international and goalkeeper of the Philadelphia Union Andre Blake will be outfitted by uhlsport with immediate effect.
The national player has been considered a gifted soccer player since his childhood and developed his athletic quality at a young age in his home country Jamaica. There he also stood on the pitch for several youth national selection teams and during this time he consolidated his position as goalkeeper. In his early 20s, he made the leap to the United States with the inclusion in the men’s soccer team there at the University of Connecticut, another milestone in his athletic career.
His impressive performance in college soccer did not go unnoticed by professional American soccer teams. In 2014, the Jamaican received his first contract in the highest U.S. and Canadian soccer league, Major League Soccer, and still stands in goal for his club of choice, Philadelphia Union. To date, Andre Blake has been named Goalkeeper of the Year three times, most recently in 2022, and has been named to the MLS All-Star team several times. He has also been selected twice as the MLS Best XI in 2020 and 2022, an annual honor for Major League Soccer’s top eleven players.
At the same time as his move to American professional soccer, the now 32-year-old was also included in Jamaica‘s national team. To date, Andre Blake has 64 appearances and counting for his home country. With the Jamaican national team, he secured the Caribbean Cup in 2014 and managed to win the runner-up title again in 2017. He was also set up as the goalkeeper for the Jamaican national team in the continental soccer championship, the Gold Cup, and can now call himself a two-time runner-up with the team in 2015 and 2017.
“We are very excited about the newly formed partnership and future collaboration with Andre Blake. It is great for us as a brand to now have a Major League Soccer player under contract and to be able to present uhlsport overseas. In Blake, we have found an extremely talented goalkeeper who has also impressed us as a person. With him, soccer meets passion, ambition and absolute team spirit. Values that we as a brand support 100%” , says Andreas Geser, Head of Sponsorship at uhlsport.
Andre Blake adds: “I am very excited to be a part of the uhlsquad. I have always wanted to wear uhlsport gloves from I was younger growing up and I am elated to be given an opportunity to do so. uhlsport gloves is top top quality and I looking forward to wearing their awesome gloves and making great memories and history together.“