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Carles Gil named MLS Newcomer of the Year

Carles Gil named MLS Newcomer of the Year

Back in January, the Revs decided to make Carles Gil their first seven-figure acquisition when they shelled out a club-record transfer fee of $2 million to bring him to New England.

Well, that investment has paid off — in a big way.

On Wednesday morning, Gil was honored as MLS Newcomer of the Year, an award given annually to the player with previous professional experience who had an outstanding debut season in MLS. He beat out finalists Heber (New York City FC) and Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC) in a vote decided by media, MLS players, and club technical staff.  He's the first Revolution player to win the award and the second player in club history to be named a finalist, joining Jermaine Jones (2014).

Gil has been a consistent force all season long for the Revs.  He led the team in both goals (10) and assists (14) while wearing the captain's arm band for the final 23 matches of the season en route to the team's first playoff berth since 2015.

The midfielder is just the second Revolution player to reach double-digit totals in goals and assists in a single season, following in the footsteps of Lee Nguyen, who accomplished the feat in 2017. Gil's combined totals in goals and assists ranked first among newcomers and fifth in the league overall.  He also became the second player in club history to start all 34 matches and was substituted only once, missing eight minutes of league play.

Gil's teammate Gustavo Bou finished fifth in the voting. Here's the breakdown for the top five finishers. 

  Player % Club % Media % Final %
Carles Gil (NE) 12.16% 21.43% 25.10% 19.56%
Heber (NYC) 8.78% 15.31% 28.57% 17.55%
Alejandro Pozuelo (TOR) 18.58% 5.10% 12.36% 12.01%
Alexandru Mitrita (NYC) 11.15% 15.31% 1.54% 9.33%
Gustavo Bou (NE) 6.76% 9.18% 4.63% 6.86%

The next challenge for Gil is leading his team to a postseason victory. The Revs face Atlanta United FC in the first round of the MLS Playoffs this Saturday at 1 p.m. in a game that can be seen on NBC Sports Boston.

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

Welcome back to New England, Kelyn Rowe.

The Revolution signed Rowe on Wednesday, the team announced. The midfielder spent 2012-18 with the Revs before playing for Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake in 2019.

Rowe played in 206 games with the Revolution and recorded 29 goals, and 40 assists in 14,604 minutes played. The 28-year-old is among New England's all-time leaders in games played (7th), minutes played (10th), goals (10th), and assists (4th). 

The Revs initially selected Rowe with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. They traded Rowe to Sporting Kansas City for defender Edgar Castillo in Dec. 2018.

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Ex-Revolution forward Juan Agudelo selected by Toronto FC in MLS re-entry draft

Ex-Revolution forward Juan Agudelo selected by Toronto FC in MLS re-entry draft

Former New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo was selected by Toronto FC in stage two of the MLS re-entry draft Tuesday afternoon.

The 27-year-old's option for the 2020 season had been declined by the Revolution last month, making him eligible to be picked up by another club. Toronto now owns Agudelo's rights, and it's to be determined if he'll actually play for the team next season. If he does, he'll join the very talented Jozy Altidore and could combine for a nice one-two punch up front for Toronto. 

The striker has 46 goals and 22 assists in 215 MLS regular-season appearances. He tallied three goals on 37 shots last season with the Revolution. He scored a career-high eight goals with New England in 2017.

He's being lauded for his hard work, determination, and sense of humor by New England fans across social media.

Agudelo was signed by the New York Red Bulls in 2010 to a homegrown player contract and remained with the club until 2012 before moving on to Chivas USA. He had been with the Revs since 2013. 

On top of his MLS career, he's made 28 appearances for the US National Team. 

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