For the second straight year, a Philadelphia Union player has been passed over for the Rookie of the Year award.
Jack Elliott finished third in voting behind Minnesota United striker Abu Danladi and Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel, who received an average of 53.86 percent of the votes from players, media and clubs. Elliott had an average of 7.86 percent of the vote, Danladi 16.22 percent.
Elliott proved to be the steal of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft this season, making 30 starts and finishing third on the team in minutes for a defender with 2,621 minutes after being drafted 77th overall in the fourth round out of West Virginia University.
The 22-year-old from London ranked first among all Union defenders in goals conceded per 90 minutes (1.24), clearances (150), blocks (23), clean sheets (8), and recoveries (127) and ranked second in interceptions (45) and duels won (103). His 150 clearances were seventh among all MLS defenders, and his 23 blocks were tied for eighth.