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Carles Gil happy in MLS, unsure about future

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Gil: “One thing I’ve learned is that you have to live moment to moment in soccer.”

New England Revolution v Columbus Crew SC: Eastern Conference Final - MLS Cup Playoffs Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Carles Gil isn’t sure where he’ll be in the future, but right now he’s happy in MLS.

After eight seasons in Europe, Gil made the jump to New England in 2019. It wasn’t a move he ever anticipated, but it’s one he’s glad he made.

“I came from a period where for one reason or another I wasn’t enjoying things for a few years,” Gil said via a translator on Wednesday. “I came here to gain some confidence and I’m very happy of the decision I made.”

Gil’s talent was on full display during his first MLS season as he collected 10 goals and 14 assists en route to being named as the league’s Newcomer of the Year. He saw limited action in 2020 due to injury but returned in time to grab two goals and three assists in the playoffs.

The New England Revolution’s Cinderella run was cut short in the Eastern Conference Final when they lost 1-0 to the Columbus Crew. The club will now turn its focus to 2021, which will be Gil’s third year in MLS. He hopes this will be his chance to lift a championship.

“I think heading into next year it’s clear that we should intend to finish at the top of the league and have a home-field advantage, which is very important in the playoffs,” Gil explained. “We want to surpass what we accomplished this year, reach the final, and intend to win it.”

Gil isn’t sure what will happen after that. He enjoys playing in MLS, but is open to other options. For now, he’s happy to play the game he loves.

“I’m not sure,” Gil said about his future. “I’ve spent some years as a professional now and one thing I’ve learned is that you have to live moment to moment in soccer. You never know what’s going to happen.

“I’ve said many times that I never thought I’d come here to play in MLS and here I am. I want to enjoy every moment. I’m still young. I have many years ahead of me and we’ll see what happens.”