Union sign Jack Elliott to contract extension
The Philadelphia Union have announced today that they have signed Jack Elliott to a multi-year contract extension. The extension was well deserved for Elliot who was nominated for the MLS Defender of the Year last season. This deal puts Elliott with the Union thru 2024 with a club option for 2025.
Starting in 33 games last season, Elliott scored two goals and had two assists. Elliott is a key player in the Union’s back line with the team allowing the second-fewest goals in the Eastern Conference last year. He also earned a spot in the MLS Team of the Week four times.
Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner on the extension of Jack Elliott
“Over his five seasons with the Union, Jack has developed and proven himself to be one of the best defenders in Major League Soccer, his combination of size and skill has been a key component to the team’s continued growth and success, consistently leading the Union to be one of the top teams with the fewest goals allowed in the league. Recently, Jack showed his positional versatility and helped us overcome unprecedented challenges to make the deepest playoff run in our club’s history.”
Before starting his MLS career with the Union, Elliot played his collegiate soccer at West Virginia University. He was selected by the Union in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft in the 4th round.
In his MLS career so far, Elliott has made 131 career appearances with 122 starts. Last season, he was only one of three players to play every minute of every game.
The contract extension is great news for the Union who look to secure their incredible defensive line for the future. However, the Union may potentially be losing their All-Star left-back Kai Wagner, as he looks to leave the club during this January transfer window. It would be a huge loss for the back line with no one to replace his spot at the moment.
The Union start their preseason training this week in Chester, before heading down to Clearwater to play in some exhibition matches.
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