Wednesday night featured yet another magical performance from Carles Gil. If he keeps playing like this, the midfielder will have a historic season.
Against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night, it took a while for the New England Revolution and Gil to wake up but once they did they sure made an impact.
Gil put his touch on each of the three goals that New England scored in their 3-2 victory. It was truly like watching a world-renowned painter create a masterpiece.
The first goal might have been Gil’s best as he sent a beautiful flick forward to Tajon Buchanan who opened the scoring for the Revs. The second goal was the result of DeJuan Jones and Gil combining and the left back scoring just the second goal of his career. For the third goal, Gil jumpstarted the counterattack and sent Gustavo Bou to the races resulting in a beautiful chip for the 31-year-old that secured the win for New England.
It’s almost as if Gil sees things that others can’t. When it comes to creating chances for his teammates he is one of the best in MLS.
In 10 matches this season, Gil has 10 assists along with a single goal. He is far and away the leader with the next closest player only having five helpers.
Now Revolution fans can attest to just how great of a season the Spaniard is having, but he is doing more than just dominating. Gil is on pace to break records.
Currently, Carlos Valderrama holds the record for the most assists in a single MLS season with 26 back in 2000. At the moment Gil is on pace to reach 30 assists.
So what makes Gil so successful creating chances? Here’s what he had to say after Wednesday’s win?
Gil said, “I think from the start of my time here, I have gained great chemistry and I understand my teammates very well. For me, it’s easy to play with these guys because they’re fast and they play well in space. The guys up top, like Tajon [Buchanan] and Gustavo [Bou] they finish well. Hopefully together we can continue to score more goals.”
With Gil on pace to break the record, Jones was asked after the match if he feels Gil can break the record. The left back sure seems to have faith in his teammate.
Jones said, “I definitely think he can get that record. I’m not sure what it is, but another three assists tonight – I’m sure he’s on his way. I think it’s just his vision and his patience. He’s so composed on the ball. When he’s sizing a guy up you think he’s just focused on the one-on-one, but he’s surveying the field and he’s ready to deliver the pass, the killer pass. We’re lucky to have him on our team.”
If there is one man who might know the most about MLS and its history, it’s Bruce Arena. With five MLS Cups to his name, he will go down as an icon of United States soccer.
But after the game when asked about Gil possibly breaking the record, Arena said that’s a conversation to be had later in the season.
Arena said, “We’re in game ten. Let’s worry about that in September and October. I don’t even know what the record is and all of that. Carles [Gil] is doing very well and whatever lies ahead, lies ahead. With all due respect, I don’t even know what you’re talking about, in terms of the assist record. But he’s certainly a very good player and again, had a good game today.”
With Gil on pace to break the record he also has the chance to bring home some hardware. While assists might not be as flashy as goals, the midfielder is making a strong MVP case.
And if Gil continues to rack up assists at a record-breaking pace, the Spaniard could lead New England to their first MLS Cup.