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Bruce Arena: “Unlikely” that Carles Gil starts before MLS Cup Playoffs

After the New England Revolution’s disappointing loss to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night and after the game Bruce Arena indicated that we won't see Carles Gil play 90 minutes before the start of the postseason.

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Carles Gil has made quite the comeback after Achilles surgery and New England Revolution fans have been able to see the star play in the last two games, but don’t expect Gil to start before the end of the regular season.

Wednesday night was a gut punch for Revolution fans. After 80 minutes it seemed like they were about to clinch a playoff spot, but then disaster struck. New England went down 1-0 and they would end up losing the game. Thanks to FC Dallas, the Revolution would end up clinching a playoff spot, but it’s hard to think that they will be celebrating. After a loss like that there isn’t a lot to be excited about.

But Revolution fans were once again able to watch Gil come in as a sub. Gil came on in the 63rd minute and was able to make an impact seeing that he ended the match as the most fouled player on the night. Gil also had 22 touches, 14 passes, and one key pass.

That was just Gil’s 2nd match since returning from injury, but fans must be hoping that they would get to see Gil play for 90 minutes before the playoffs.

Well, that looks like it won’t be the case. After the loss, Arena was asked if Gil will start before the MLS Cup Playoffs, and he didn’t seem too confident.

He said. “We’re building him back. There’s only a week and half left in the season, so I don’t know if it’s likely that he’ll get a start. We’ll see how we move him along.”

New England has two matches left in the season. The Revolution host D.C. United to kick off the month of November and their final match is against the Philadelphia Union on the eighth.

While fans will hold on to hope that Gil will be ready to start before the postseason, it looks more likely that his first start will come in the opening round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.