Perfect 10: MVP Carles Gil gets new number in New England for 2022
It's a number fit for a baller. Reigning MLS MVP Carles Gil has been given the New England Revolution's No. 10 jersey ahead of the 2022 season. In past years, Gil wore No. 22.
Updated October 5, 2021
Carles Gil At a Glance:
MLS CAREER: Revolution captain is an MLS MVP frontrunner in third MLS season as one of the league’s most dynamic playmakers…Re-signed through the 2024 MLS season on May 24, 2021…Leads MLS in assists, chances created, and several other categories for the Supporters’ Shield leaders in 2021…Named the 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year, 2019 MLS Best XI selection, and 2019 Revolution Team MVP…The Spaniard’s MLS career totals include 63 appearances, 58 starts, 13 goals, and 32 assists over 5,304 minutes played in MLS…Owns five appearances, all starts, in the MLS Cup Playoffs with two goals and three assists…Has appeared in 23 games, including 20 starts, in 2021 and leads MLS with 16 assists along with three goals…Missed most of 2020 with a bone spur injury on his heel, but returned ahead of schedule to lead Revolution to the Eastern Conference Final…Made six appearances, with four starts, and logged two assists in the regular season, but added four starts, two goals, and three assists in the playoffs…In 2019, became the second player in club history to start all 34 regular season games, playing all but eight minutes...Earned club’s Golden Boot after leading the team in goals (10), assists (14), and shots (67).
2021: Re-signed through the 2024 season on May 24, 2021…MVP contender has appeared in 23 matches, starting 20…Owns three goals and a league-best 16 assists, including eight game-winning assists, which are tied for the all-time MLS record…Currently pacing MLS in chances created, big chances created, successful crosses and corners, and several other categories…Has logged 108 chances created, matching his own club record set in 2019 and approaching the all-time MLS record of 124…Named MLS Player of the Month in June, registering five assists over three matches…Missed the month of August due to an injury…(5/1) vs. ATL: Recorded a goal and an assist for sixth time across MLS regular season and playoffs…(5/16) vs. CLB: Assisted Adam Buksa on the game-winning goal in the 86th minute…(5/22) vs. NY: Recorded 20th MLS assist and nine key passes, tied for the second most in a single game by a Revolution player since Opta began tracking the statistic…(5/29) at CIN: Registered fifth assist of the season in the 1-0 away win…Registered 10 key passes, second most by a Revolution player since 2011…(6/23) vs. NYRB: Registered three assists in his 50th MLS appearance…extended streak to five consecutive games with an assist…Named MLS Player of the Week…(7/7) vs. TOR: Scored first free-kick goal in MLS, second tally of the season, in addition to a game-best six key passes…(7/17) at ATL: Logged three shots in 1-0 road win…(7/21) at MIA: Helped New England to its highest-scoring performance of the season with two assists in 5-0 win…Marked third multi-assist outing of the season…(7/25) vs. MTL: Assisted Gustavo Bou’s game-winning goal in 2-1 win…(7/31) at NYRB: Assisted the game-tying goal and the game-winning goal in come-from-behind 3-2 victory on the road…Marked third straight game with an assist and fourth multi-assist performance of the season…Exited the match in the 93rd minute due to injury…Missed the entire month of August with a muscle injury…Returned to training at the end of August…(9/3) at PHI: Returned to action with a 24-minute shift as a substitute in 1-0 win…(9/11) vs. NYC: Recorded the assist on Tajon Buchanan’s game winner…Matched MLS single-season record with eighth game-winning assist…Played 45 minutes in second appearance after returning from injury…(9/18) vs. CLB: Matched season high of 10 key passes, the third time he has reached double digits in a single game…Collected first start since July 31 and played all 90 minutes…Surpassed 5,000 minutes played in MLS…Marked third time reaching double-digits in key passes in MLS…(9/22) at CHI: Netted third goal of the campaign, a game winner in stoppage time…Finished with four shots to match season high...(9/29) at MTL: Recorded three shots in 4-1 road win.
2020: Appeared in six games, including four starts, and logged two assists over 366 minutes played…Underwent successful surgery to debride the area around his left Achilles tendon on Aug. 4…Added four starts in the MLS Cup Playoffs, with two goals and a team-high three assists…Five combined goals and assists in the playoffs were third most league-wide…Expected to miss three-to-five months during rehab in Spain, but returned ahead of schedule on Oct. 23 to lead playoff run to the Eastern Conference Final…Missed 17 league games due to the injury…(7/9) at MTL: Played 90 minutes in season debut, contributing game-winning assist and 12 chances created in 1-0 win…(7/17) at DC: Started and played 62 minutes before leaving match with an injury in 1-1 draw…Did not return to action until October…(10/23) at NSH: Returned to action for the first time since July 17 and registered a 27-minute performance off the bench in 1-1 draw…Marked his first appearance as a substitute in MLS…(10/28) at NY: Registered second consecutive appearance off the bench with 27-minute shift in 1-0 loss...(11/1) vs. DC: Started at Gillette Stadium for the first time in 2020 and recorded second assist of the season in 4-3 win…Played 70 minutes…(11/8) at PHI: Made second consecutive start and second 90-minute performance of season…Tied single-game career high with six fouls won…Postseason: (11/20) vs. MTL: Opened MLS Cup Playoffs account in 2-1 victory in Play-In Round…Recorded nine chances created, five shots, and three shots on target over 90 minutes…(11/24) at PHI: Registered two assists in 2-0 win in Round One...Marked his first assists in postseason play...Became third Revolution player with multiple assists in a playoff game…(11/29) at ORL: Converted on a penalty kick and registered one assist in 90-minute performance in 3-1 win in Conference Semifinal…Marked first time since 2004 that New England scored on a penalty kick in the MLS Cup Playoffs…(12/6) at CLB: Started and played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss in Conference Final.
2019: Voted the 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Deportivo La Coruña and signing a multi-year contract as a Designated Player on Jan. 30, 2019…Named the JetBlue Revolution Team MVP, Players’ Player of the Year, and Midnight Riders Man of the Year…Became second player in club history to start all 34 regular season games, playing all but eight minutes...Earned club’s Golden Boot after leading the team in goals (10), assists (14), and shots (67)…Ranked second in MLS with 107 chances created, including 73 chances created from open play (fourth in MLS)…Tied for fourth league-wide with 22 combined goals and primary assists…His 12 primary helpers were tied for second most…One of four players in 2019, and one of two Revolution players ever to reach double digits in goals and assists…Finished with the fourth-most touches (2,662) in MLS…Paced the league with 730 successful passes into the final third, where he won 50 possessions, 12 more than the next-closest player...Also led MLS with 381 passes played into the penalty area…Wore the captain’s armband for New England’s final 23 matches, and in the playoff match…Started and played 120 minutes in U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match on June 19 at Orlando…(3/2) vs. DAL: Played 90 minutes and scored the equalizing goal in his MLS and Revolution debut…(3/17) at TOR: Recorded first career brace as a professional in 3-2 loss, converting a penalty in the ninth minute before another tally in the 52nd minute…Became the third Revolution player with three goals through a season’s first three matches…(3/30) vs. MIN: Notched first MLS assist and recorded six chances created…(4/20) vs. NY: Recorded the game-winning assist in the 1-0 win…(5/11) vs. SJ: Captained team to a 3-1 win, scoring one goal…(6/2) at LA: Recorded six chances created and two assists against in the 2-1 away win…(7/17) vs. VAN: Registered a goal and game-winning assist in the 4-0 win…Tied the single-game club record with nine shots…(7/21) at CIN: Scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in the 2-0 away win…Named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week…(7/27) vs. ORL: Converted a penalty kick and registered an assist in the 4-1 win…Named to bench of MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week…Became one of nine players in MLS history to record a goal and an assist in three straight games…(8/10) at SEA: Submitted a goal and an assist for the fourth time in last five games in the 3-3 away draw…Converted the game-tying penalty kick in the 87th minute…Named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week…(8/17) at NY: Notched 11th assist on Gustavo Bou's equalizer in the 1-1 draw…(8/24) vs. CHI: Recorded 12th assist of the season in the 2-1 win…(9/14) at ORL: Registered second multi-assist game with two helpers at Orlando…(9/25) at POR: Converted a penalty deep into second-half stoppage time to equalize and complete the club’s remarkable two-goal comeback…Became second Revolution player to reach double digits in goals and assists, joining Lee Nguyen (2017)...Postseason: (10/19) at ATL: Made MLS Cup Playoff debut and played 90 minutes in the Round One loss.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Made more than 182 appearances across all competitions in eight-year professional career in England and Spain before joining MLS…Totaled 13 goals and 14 assists in senior career…Began senior career with hometown club Valencia CF after developing in the club’s Academy system… Joined Valencia CF First Team in 2012…Sent on loan to Elche CF, of Spain, ahead of the 2012-13 campaign where he helped the club earn a promotion to La Liga for the first time in 25 years…Scored four goals in 31 appearances in 2,084 minutes played for Elche in his debut season in 2012/13…Returned to Elche for the 2013-14, scoring a goal and recording three assists in 33 appearances across all competitions in the club’s return to Spain’s top division…Recalled to Valencia CF ahead of 2014-15 campaign, scoring one goal in 11 appearances with the top-flight club in 452 minutes of action…Signed with English Premier League side Aston Villa in the January transfer window during the 2014/15 season…Scored first goal with Villa in an FA Cup matchup against Bournemouth on Jan. 25, 2015, less than two weeks after signing with the club…Helped Villa reach the 2015 FA Cup Final, marking the club’s first time in England’s domestic tournament final since 2015…Scored two goals and recorded two assists in the 2015/16 campaign with Villa, totaling three goals and three assists in 34 total appearances in his time with the English club…Sent on loan to Deportivo La Coruña ahead of 2016/17 season where he spent time between La Liga and the Segunda División…Scored a goal against UD Las Palmas and tallied four assists, including an assist against Real Madrid, during the 2016/17 season…Recorded an assist against Levante during the 2017/18 season, as well as an assist in Copa del Rey action against UD Las Palmas…Permanently transferred to Deportivo ahead of the 2018/19 season…Tallied an assist in a 4-0 win over Real Oviedo on Nov. 10, 2018…Totaled one goal and seven assists in 54 total appearances with the Galician club.
NATIONAL TEAM (SPAIN): Made one appearance with the Spain U-21 National Team in 2013…Recorded an assist as a substitute in Spain’s UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifying match against Albania.
PERSONAL: Full name is Carles Gil de Pareja Vicent...Pronounced CAR-LESS HEEL…Native Spanish speaker and speaks some English…Younger brother, Nacho, plays for Spanish Segunda División side FC Cartagena and also developed in Valencia CF’s Academy.
MLS’ 27th season will kick off on Feb. 26!