Despite the soul-crushing draw to San Jose on Saturday, one player’s stock continued to rise. Yes, opening your MLS goal account 3,000 miles from home will earn you praise, especially when you knock on the assist on the (temporarily) game-winning strike. But Jack Elliott’s Player of the Week honors are for far more than what he did on the scoresheet.
After a rocky start to Saturday’s game, Elliott turned in the type of defensive performance to which Union fans have become accustomed: Stymying out attacks with preternatural instincts, making astute tackles in critical situations, and blocking any and all shots. He finished the night with eight clearances and two blocked shots. What has truly set Elliott apart this season, though, is his delectable range of passing from the back. The weekend’s goal and assist is just icing on the cake. It appears the Union did their homework and got an absolute steal in the MLS Draft for the fourth round pick.