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Carles Gil, Revolution teammates eager to pick up where they left off

Carles Gil, Revolution teammates eager to pick up where they left off

In his first season with the New England Revolution, midfielder Carles Gil accomplished more than he could've imagined.

After starting out the 2019 season on a rather sour note, Gil and his teammates quickly turned things around when Bruce Arena was hired as head coach and sporting director in May. The midfielder notched 10 goals and 14 assists through 34 games -- with a majority of those points coming after Arena was hired.

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The Revolution quickly adapted to Arena's style, and were able to make an appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015. Unfortunately, the Revs fell to Atlanta United FC in the first round, but are ready to build upon their second half performance.

“Going into this year, we feel really inspired,” Gil said, according to Jeff Lemieux of revolutionsoccer.net. “We feel we have the pieces in place, and with another year under our belts to kind of know Bruce (Arena), hopefully that all works out well for us.

“I think our number one goal is just to pick up where we left off last year. Obviously we didn’t have a really good start to the season, but we figured things out. Right now, we’re just trying to pick up on the good things we developed last year and reach our goals.”

New England's goals, according to what Arena has noted in the past, have been to improve and be a good team rather than win titles. If they can do that, then the titles will come soon thereafter.

Individually, Gil wants to improve upon his first campaign in the MLS, and he very well could now that he's settled in.

“I know the team, I know the organization, I know the coaches and my teammates,” Gil said. “I also know the league and how things work on that end, so hopefully that works in my favor, and hopefully I can have a better year than the year I had last year.”

After winning the MLS Newcomer of the Year award, MLS Best XI honors, JetBlue Revolution Team MVP, Players' Player of the Year and Midnight Riders Man of the Year in his first season with the Revolution, it'll definitely be interesting to see how things go for the 27-year-old during the upcoming season.

Excited Revolution detail importance of prep work ahead of 2020 season

Excited Revolution detail importance of prep work ahead of 2020 season

With a new training facility up and running, the New England Revolution can't wait to get the MLS season underway.

With the new season comes some changes, and newcomer Seth Sinovic couldn't believe how supportive and confident members of his new club have been heading into preseason workouts.

“The vibe has been unbelievable,” Sinovic said, according to Elizabeth Pehota of revolutionsoccer.net. “Everybody’s excited to come in every day, everybody’s excited to get to work, and I think that speaks to where the club is right now, not only from the facility, but as a team. I think everybody’s feeling confident going into the year.”

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This newfound confidence has pushed the players to succeed in all aspects of their game. Veteran Andrew Farrell detailed the importance of his new teammates meshing well with the core group.

“Having a lot of that core back and then adding these guys that we’ve brought in who’ve really meshed in really well, [it's a] really talented group of guys,” Farrell said. “I think we’re probably two, three deep in each position, and competition is really good. [Coach] Bruce [Arena] has set the bar high for what he expects and guys are pushing each other every day.”

It can be difficult adjusting to life in a new city with a new team, and another newcomer, Adam Buksa, noted what he needs to work on ahead of the season to make sure he's playing at a high level.

“This is a crucial part of season preparation, so we need to focus on it,” said Buksa, the Polish striker signed to a designated player contract on New Year's Eve. “We need to work hard to get used to all the jobs. It’s very important for me, personally, to know the players and to know on the pitch, outside the pitch, so I have to use this time as much as possible.”

The Revs, who reached the playoffs last season for the first time since 2015, open their preseason with a friendly against the Los Angeles Galaxy in L.A. on Feb. 10 and after four more preseason matches, they open the regular season by traveling to Montreal to face the Impact on Feb. 29.

Bruce Arena: 'The new training facility is great'

Bruce Arena: 'The new training facility is great'

This offseason, the New England Revolution unveiled a new, state-of-the-art trainer center.

The $35 million facility spans 68 acres and includes three full-size grass fields for practice, a gym featuring weight training equipment, a hydrotherapy room with three pools, and so much more.

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And so far, the Revs are really enjoying their new digs.

"The new training facility is great," Revs head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena said in a recent interview. "It's upgraded the commitment to the club, and I think the players sense that. They come to work every day with a smile on their face.

"They're highly motivated so we think the new facility is outstanding."

It's good news that the Revs are enjoying their new facility and it's unsurprising that they're so motivated by it. They're coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent years under Arena's direction, so they should only get better moving forward.

The Revs preseason begins on Monday, Feb. 10 when they travel to take on the LA Galaxy. Their regular-season MLS debut will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29 on the road against the Montreal Impact.