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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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