Jack Elliott finishes third in Rookie of the Year voting

MLS announced the final vote for the AT&T Rookie of the Year and Union defender Jack Elliott finished third, behind winner Julian Gressel of Atlanta United FC and Abu Danladi of Minnesota United FC. 

Elliott put together a phenomenal rookie season, one in which he played the most minutes among all MLS rookies and was a major cornerstone in the Union defense. 

The Union selected Elliott in the fourth round (77th overall) in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He joined the Union for its preseason and officially signed with the team on February 24. 

Elliott made an appearance with Bethlehem Steel FC before finding his way into the Union's game day 18. He made his first MLS appearance on April 1, and got his first MLS start on April 14. He started every league game for the Union after that point. 

Over the course of the season, Elliott played in 30 games, 29 straight. He played 2,621 minutes, which was the third most on the team and the most among Union defenders. He 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. 

Elliott also notched his first career goal against San Jose Earthquakes on August 19, and his first assist against Atlanta United FC on August 26. He helped kickstart a six-game unbeaten streak, a four-game win streak and the most consecutive clean sheets in Union history. 

Elliott aims to be a future cornerstone of the Union back line. He was unquestionably the best rookie defender in MLS this season, and a third-place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting is more than respectable. 

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