Union Players & Coach Among Award Finalists

They’ve already brought home a Supporter’s Shield as regular-season champions and now the Union could have some more hardware coming to town. 

Andre Blake, Brenden Aaronson, Mark McKenzie, and coach Jim Curtin are all nominated for awards for the 2020 MLS season, making the Philadelphia Union one of the league’s most recognized teams this season. 

Headlining the awards is keeper Andre Blake, who is nominated for two. Blake is up for the Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year as well as the Landon Donavon MLS MVP Award. McKenzie is in the running for Defender of the Year, and Aaronson AT&T MLS Young Player of the Year. Head coach Jim Curtin is a contender for the Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year award. 

Curtin’s award nomination is an endorsement for patience. Curtin took over the coaching duties for the Union in 2014 and has had an up and down career until 2019, in which the Union became a fixture at the top of the league. Once again a top contender and now regular-season pacesetters, Curtin’s guidance makes him a worthy candidate for coach of the year. 

Mark McKenzie has already received some awards pub with is the previous nomination for rookie of the year. Now he’s battling for the defender of the year. Not only has he been a key cog in the defensive end, his ability to create transitions and make passes has helped the Union develop a very potent offense over the course of the season. 

Brenden Aaronson is in the middle of a coming-out party, One of the Union’s best players, his nomination for AT&T MLS Young Player of the Year comes after a season which saw him get his first start for the US Men’s team and sign to RB Salzburg, a premier European club. With technical prowess and a seemingly endless motor, the “Medford Messi” has made his way from South Jersey to a global soccer star. 

Andre Blake has been the story of the Union this season. His play in the MLS is Back tournament and the regular season was nothing short of spectacular. The Union’s defensive style saw them give up a lot of shots this season, and Blake’s brilliance allowed them to do that. Their success started with the supreme confidence they had in their keeper. He’s up for Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and the Landon Donavon MLS MVP award and he’ll bring at least one of those home.

Keep tuned to Last Out for more Union updates as they prepare for their playoff run later this month. 

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