Bruce Arena has coached a lot of talented midfielders and Carles Gil ranks as one of the best.
“He’s an outstanding player,” Arena said after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. “I’ve had a lot of good midfield players or playmakers, and Carles is right up there with all of them.”
Gil’s talent is no secret. Signing as a Designated Player on Jan. 30, 2019, Gil made an instant impact, collecting 10 goals and 14 assists in his first MLS season. He was the team’s MVP and the league’s Newcomer of the Year.
His second year was marred by an injury, but he’s shown his quality when fully healthy. In the Revs’ third game of the season, Gil had 12 key passes in 54 total accurate passes. In the postseason, Gil has two goals and three assists.
Gil’s teammates know how good he is, with Matt Turner saying, “I think we have the best player in MLS.”
Matt Polster offered similar praise, noting that Gil’s effort can be seen all over the field. Defensively, Gil is willing to help out and make big tackles. Offensively, he’s always finding seams.
In short, he’s the type of player you want on your team, especially during a tournament.
“I think if you look at any team in MLS, there’s always that one guy that kind of calms everything down in a way and for us, it’s Carles,” Matt Polster said. “If you can find him the ball as quickly as possible, he makes things happen.”