Slowly but surely, Jack Elliott is becoming a household name for Union fans.
Elliott, the fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, who appear in a match until April 1 and didn’t start until April 14, is putting together arguably the strongest case for MLS Rookie of the Year. And one doesn’t need to look past his match against San Jose Earthquakes to see why.
In the 35th minute, Elliott stood near the top of the box as Haris Medunjanin sent in a cross. The ball fell into a mob of players before finding its way to Elliott, who took a shot with his left. His initial shot was blocked, but he got the rebound and launched a shot with his right foot into the top of the net, scoring his first career MLS goal and registering his first career MLS point. He became the third Union defender to score a goal in 2017, and the first since Oguchi Onyewu’s goal against DC United on May 13.
“It felt good to get a first goal and get off the mark,” Elliott said.