The captain played 62 minutes before making way for Diego Fagundez. It was an odd sight as Gil played all but eight minutes in 2019. A foot injury kept him out of the first two games of this season. He since recovered enough to play 90 minutes in the Revs’ opener in the MLS is Back tournament.
Earlier this week, Gil told media that his “foot isn’t perfect yet.” He still got the start on Friday, but was pulled early.
“He’s dealing with the same injury he had in preseason,” head coach Bruce Arena said in his post-game press conference.
Gil is of course an important part of the Revolution. The midfielder collected 10 goals and 14 assists en route to being named as the 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year. That year brought more accolades as Gil was also recognized as the Revolution Team MVP, Players’ Player of the Year, and Midnight Riders Man of the Year.
In his first game of 2020, Gil created 12 chances, more than the combined efforts of everyone else on the field.
Gil wasn’t the only player who was subbed off early on Friday as Michael Mancienne left at halftime. Arena said this was due to “muscle tightness.”