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Carles Gil is that guy, pal.
The midfielder from the New England Revolution was born and raised in Valencia, Spain, where he rose through the youth ranks of Valencia before finally making his senior team debut in 2012.
From there, Gil was loaned out to Elche, won promotion to La Liga, before making a move to Aston Villa where he found some success. However, the success didn’t last for long as he was sold to Deportivo La Coruna only 2 years later. After an uneventful time with Coruna, Gil crossed the pond and joined the party of the winningest city in sports, Boston.
For years, Boston has always been the premier city for all sports. From the Tom Bady era for the Patriots to the Bruins always finding success for themselves, Boston seemingly never lost.
Throughout the 2010 decade, Boston won a major sports title on 6 separate occasions. The Patriots won three, the Red Sox won 2, and the Bruins won 1.
However, the soccer team in town, the New England Revolution, has always been the odd one out.
From not finding success on the field to never having a true soccer-specific stadium to call home to not attracting star players, the Revolution has always just been there.
But when Spanish midfielder Carles Gil arrived in 2019, all of that changed.
In his debut season, Gil banged in 10 goals and recorded 14 assists, and was awarded the captaincy. Gil also won the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award.
Not bad for a 5’7, 143-pound Spanish kid in a city of sports giants.
Fast forward to the 2021 season (Gil only played 6 games in 2020 due to injuries) and Gil hasn’t missed a beat.
The Spaniard has bagged 2 goals and dishes out 11 assists - which leads the league.
Carles Gil is the starman in a star-studded team. Being the best player while playing alongside the likes of Gustavo Bou, Tajon Buchanan, and Matt Turner is no easy feat.
However, Gil is the frontrunner for the Landon Donovan MVP Award and at 52 points, Gil has led the Revolution to the top spot in the MLS, being ten points clear of the second-place team, the Seattle Sounders.
Carles Gil may not be the biggest, nor the strongest, but he’s a goalscoring, assist dishing, winner that is a near lock to win MVP and has the potential to bring the city of Boston (and the New England area) their first championship in the post Tom Brady era.
That right there is the American Dream.
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Will Levis is a blue-chip quarterback playing in blue for the Kentucky Wildcats. Just announced as the starting quarterback for Kentucky’s week 1 clash against LA-Monroe, Levis appears to be on top of the world for some fans. However, Levis’ ride to the top wasn’t as smooth as many may think.
Will grew up in an athletic family, his mother was an All-American soccer superstar at Yale and his great-grandfather won a National Championship with Colgate.
“I learned a lot from my family,” said Levis, “I was never forced into playing football, it was just something I naturally gravitated to. My grandfather on my mom’s side coached at Yale and he always lived right next door to me growing up so he was a great resource for me to learn from.”
Levis learned a lot from his family and it paid off on the football field. The three start recruit from Connecticut got recruited to play for Penn State, and as a Penn State fan growing up, it was the perfect fit.
“Coming from Connecticut not a lot of kids get highly recruited from there - which is natural because it hasn’t been a hotspot for college recruiting in the past. I had to work hard and work my way up to get noticed,” said Levis about his recruiting process.
Committing to Penn State was a dream, and once he got there he made sure he can contribute to the program as much as he possibly can.
The dual-threat QB ran for 6 total touchdowns combined in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. However, Levis never got the chance to start.
Although Levis was a fan of Penn State growing up and loved the atmosphere of the White Out Games, he knew that it was in his best interest to enter the transfer portal and find a starting job elsewhere.
So, that’s exactly what Levis did.
After impressing in his few snaps at Penn State, Levis was heavily sought after. Many programs wanted the kid with a cannon for an arm and the ability to get it done on the ground.
They also wanted Levis due to his stellar academics. Levis graduated from Penn State in only three years.
After careful consideration, Levis chose the University of Kentucky.
Levis talked about his time with the Wildcats so far, stating, “It’s been great, they’ve been very welcoming to me. I’ve been working really hard and focusing on football and I’ve decided to do a master's program for business.”
Levis, who was recently announced the starting QB for Kentucky’s Week 1 game against LA-Monroe will show the world what he’s capable of today at noon.
Kentucky fans, it’s Will Levis time.
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Not every club has former world-class players as owners? True
Not every club has a billionaire buy into the club? True
Not every club renovates their stadium and makes a better place for the community to be at? Also true.
I guess Salford City are not like everybody else.
The club from just outside of Manchester is owned by former Premier League stars in Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham (all labeled as simply, The Class of 92), and a Singaporean billionaire in Peter Lim.
Salford has received a lot of hate from lower league supporters for ruining the game and spending big to get results.
Even when the Class of 92 took over many Salford City supporters weren’t happy. Fans thought they would come in and ruin the integrity of the club.
Instead, the Class of 92 alongside Peter Lim have built a new ground, taken the club from the 8th division to the football league, and made the club a fully professional operation.
As many English soccer fans make fun of Salford City, commonly referred to as $alford City, I give the owners and their club credit. These owners took over their local teams rather than go after an already large team and they led the club to an unprecedented amount of success.
Although they may have the highest wages in all of League 2, they also have some of the most hands-on owners who care about the club.
The Class of 92 were the feature of a Netflix documentary that documented their rise to the football league. This documentary was amazing for many American-based English soccer fans as it gave the fans a behind-the-scenes look at the lower leagues of English soccer and it helped spread the game of soccer, specifically lower league soccer, to those who have never see it.
Salford City have done more to grow the ‘non-league’ game than any other team they’ve ever played. Despite their rival fans saying they brought their way to the top, which is true, they also helped tens if not hundreds of thousands of people who have never seen non-league soccer finally see non-league soccer.
A locally based club with locally-based legends, Salford City is truly a fantastic club and is perhaps the most misunderstood club not just in all of England, but the world.
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