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Union sign defender Jack Elliott to multi-year contract extension

Jack Elliott has continued to be one of the key contributors in the Philadelphia Union squad and the centerback was rewarded with a new contract on Tuesday.

The Union announced today that Elliott was signed through the 2024 MLS season, which includes a club option for 2025. Elliott, a former fourth round pick by the Union in 2017, has become a rock in Jim Curtin’s backline over the past two seasons.

“Over his five seasons with the Union, Jack has developed and proven himself to be one of the best defenders in Major League Soccer,” said Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner. “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.”

Elliott, an England native, made 33 league appearances for the Union in 2021, scoring two goals and adding two assists. Elliott’s efforts in the backline helped the Union allow the second-fewest goals scored in the Eastern Conference in the 2021 season and he also earned a spot on the MLS Team of the Week on four separate occasions.

Overall, Elliott has made 131 career appearances for the Union, registering eight goals and three assists. Elliott was previously linked with a call up to the Scottish national team in 2020.

The 26-year-old played at West Virginia University under current Philadelphia Union II head coach Marlon LeBlanc before being selected with the No. 77 overall pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

The Union kick off preseason camp this week in Chester before heading to Florida for the next several weeks.


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