2017 saw a resurgence in Ray Gaddis's career, one where he played the most games since 2015.
Gaddis started the 2017 season as the bench option for both Keegan Rosenberry and Fabinho. He was in the gameday 18 for the Union's first six matches, but didn't see the pitch.
In the Union's match against Montreal, Gaddis made his first start of the 2017 season and his first start since July of 2016. He played the full 90 minutes, and set off a string of appearances for the right back and an impressive unbeaten streak for the Union.
Against LA Galaxy, Gaddis once again got the start, and he earned his first clean sheet as a starter since October 2015. The shutout also began a streak of four consecutive for the Union, all of which Gaddis was a starting member of the backline.
Gaddis registered his first assist of the 2017 season against DC United when he got the secondary assist on Fafa Picault's strike. His assist was his first since May of 2016.
Beginning with his match against Montreal, Gaddis started 20 consecutive matches for the Union, and in seven of those games, the Union registered a clean sheet. During that stretch, the Union went 8-8-4.
Gaddis was in the gameday 18 for the Union's matches against Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC, but subbed back on in the team's match against New York Red Bull and Atlanta. Gaddis closed out the season with three starts in the Union's final three home games, including his eighth clean sheet of the season.
Gaddis's 2017 season saw him make 26 appearances for the Union, starting 23 games and playing more than 2,000 minutes. For the fourth consecutive season, he registered an assist, and manned a backline that had eight clean sheets, the second-highest total of his career.
For the 2018 season, Gaddis will be asked to do exactly what he did in 2017. Gaddis continuously gave effort in practice, and ultimately saw him earn a starting role, one he kept for 20 consecutive games. He played sound defense while occasionally chipping in offensively. He was never flashy and always consistent, and for next season, bringing more of the same to create and maintain competition for the backline will be key.