HOW ACQUIRED: Signed to a Homegrown Player contract on February 18, 2011, becoming the second Homegrown player in club history. Re-signed with club on December 13, 2016.
A backup centerback in 2017, Ellis had a breakout season with his hometown club in 2014, logging 21 appearances in all competitions. He followed that up with 27 MLS appearances in 2015. A spot starter in 2016, the Sporting KC academy product again promises to offer quality contributions off the bench in 2017, including a knack for scoring the occasional goal (he has five entering 2017).
COLLEGE: Ellis attended Barton County Community College, where he led the school to back-to-back Region VI championships and NJCAA national tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010. He started at forward and transitioned to defense during his time there. His 34 goals and 80 points in the two-year career are an all-time school record.
PERSONAL: Has a twin brother. Nicknamed "Dani Alves."