Gil was a key player in Revolution’s spectacular regular season period that saw the team win the Support Shield and amass an MLS record of 73 points.
The Spaniard and club captain have registered a league-leading 18 assists along with four goals for the Revs in the 2021 season. Gil has registered 10 assists in his opening 10 games. of New England – matching the MLS record for most assists from the start of the season. He is the second Revs player to win this award, after Taylor Twellman in 2005.
“It is an honor for me to be named MLS Player of the Year,” Gil said in a team news release. “I want to thank everyone who voted for me, everyone who works at the club, the coaching staff, the fans and especially my teammates. Together we have achieved this. Had a memorable season.”
Despite claiming the top seed for the MLS Cup knockout, Gil and Revolution were eliminated in the conference semifinals by the eventual champions of the East. New York City FC, who will face the Portland Timbers in the finals on Sunday (watch LIVE on ABC / stream on ESPN+).
The MVP award was another individual award at the end of the season for Gil, who was named Returning Player of the Year and included in the MLS Best XI. He is the third player from Spain to win the MVP, after last year’s winner, Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC), and David’s Mansion (NYCFC) in 2016.
Gil, 29, joined New England in 2019 as a designated player and was named Newcomer of the Year and entered the MLS Best XI that season. He missed most of the 2020 campaign with an Achilles injury.
Others from the Revolution to win individual awards this season are Bruce Arena Coach of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year. Matt Turner.