The two had never played together until Saturday afternoon. Ray Gaddis joined the Union in 2012, after being selected 35th overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Meanwhile, Jack Elliott was the team's fourth round selection (77th overall) in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. For Gaddis, it was his 115th start for the Union and 119th appearance, and for Elliott, his second start and third appearance. But the two West Virginia Mountaineers made history Saturday, becoming just the second alumni pair from the school to start an MLS game on the same team.
Gaddis attended West Virginia from 2008-2011, where he earned second team All-Big East his junior year and appeared on the Hermann Trophy watch list during his junior and senior seasons. In 73 games played, Gaddis had six assists, and played every minute of his junior year. When he was selected in the second round by the Union, he became the highest-drafted player from West Virginia since Nick Noble was selected 7th overall in 2007.
Elliott arrived in Morgantown in 2013, a year after Gaddis had left the school. Elliott also played for four seasons, towering over the rest of the backline. During his time as a Mountaineer, Elliott was named to the All-MAC Second Team twice, All-Mac Academic Team twice, the 2016 NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, and served as the team's captain his senior season.
The two complimented each other in the match, as both played the full 90 against Montreal. Gaddis, in his first start of 2017, had 55 total touches on the day with a 74.1 percent passing accuracy (19 of 26 with one key pass) and one chance created. Defensively, Gaddis had one interception, seven clearances and six recoveries. As for Elliott, he registered two shots (one on target), eight clearances, three ball recoveries, and also drew the penalty which Roland Alberg converted for his second goal of the match.
Gaddis and Elliott are just two of 11 West Virginia alumni in MLS, and they are the only two who are on the same team. Gaddis provides the Union with valuable depth and experience off the bench, while Elliott gives Union fans a glimpse of that the future looks like. And both are making West Virginia proud on the pitch.