They were his first two shots of the season, and Jack Elliott made them count.
The big Union defender was starting his second straight match in place of the injured Mark McKenzie, and New England Revolution’s press was making it a messy affair. Elliott had already scored on a corner against Richmond Kickers in the US Open Cup, but he had yet to announce himself on the attacking end in MLS play. Suddenly, before New England knew what hit them: Two corner kicks, two goals.
The first was a deft flick off a low ball from Haris Medunjanin. The second was all about effort and following up the play. Elliott had been riding the bench, pushing McKenzie and Auston Trusty in practice and waiting for his turn to contribute. And when it came, the Englishman by way of West Virginia University became Jim Curtin’s “Next man up” mantra incarnate.
Over the next final three matches in August, Elliott helped backstop a perfect defense. The Union didn’t allow a goal to New York City, New England at home, or high flying DC United on the road. Elliott fought off David Villa and frustrated countryman Wayne Rooney. He was calm on the ball and didn’t make mistakes. He was the depth Philly has not boasted in the past, and now he’s helping the club push their way up the standings and into the postseason.
And for those important and necessary exploits, Jack Elliott was voted the August 2018 Philadelphia Union Player of the Month