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.
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.