Sunday, Elliott and Onyewu found themselves in the starting lineup for a seventh straight MLS game, with Josh Yaro on the bench and Richie Marquez the weekly odd man out. Elliott had played midweek in the U.S. Open Cup, meaning the rookie has started 10 straight games in all competitions.
Yaro started alongside Elliott in central defense Wednesday against Harrisburg City. With Yaro making his season debut June 3 against New York City after nearly four months out following shoulder surgery, manager Jim Curtin has preferred to be careful in doling out his minutes.
“We chose Gooch and Jack,” Curtin said. “They’re guys that have put together a good run, haven’t conceded a lot of goals in our last seven or eight games, so there’s consistency there. On a different day, you could judge the backline a little differently, but they had to deal with being down a man and taking a lot of crosses. And we didn’t get the job done. (If) we can get away with a shutout and a point there, we’re talking differently.”