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 “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.

Revolution Recap: Own goal costs Revs points vs. Real Salt Lake

Revolution Recap: Own goal costs Revs points vs. Real Salt Lake

Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and Real Salt Lake in EA Sports FIFA 20, none of what happened was real and the Revs record still is 0-1-1 as the season is on a pause due to the coronavirus. 

The MLS suspended their season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that didn't stop the New England Revolution from taking on Real Salt Lake in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20 on Saturday.

The Revolution, who seemed destined for greatness this season, still have not gotten themselves in the win column after a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake on the road. However, one shining star among all players was Adam Buksa, who scored yet another goal.

Here's how the Revolution starting XI looked in today's simulated match:

  • Brad Knighton
  • Brandon Bye
  • Andrew Farrell
  • Henry Kessler
  • DeJuan Jones
  • Diego Fagundez
  • Wilfried Zahibo
  • Cristian Penilla
  • Gustavo Bou
  • Teal Bunbury
  • Adam Buksa

The substitutes were as follows:

  • Carles Gil
  • Kelyn Rowe
  • Scott Caldwell
  • Tajon Buchanan
  • Justin Rennicks
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Jeff Caldwell

Real Salt Lake scored just five minutes into the game at Rio Tinto Stadium courtesy of Demir Kreilach who picked his corner after testing the Revs back line early on.

Shortly after the game-opening goal, Albert Rusnak tacked on another goal for Real Salt Lake, putting them up 2-0 within 14 minutes. 

After the second goal was scored, the Revolution seemed to have come to life, getting a goal of their own courtesy of none other than Adam Buksa.

Before halftime, Teal Bunbury tied the game off a failed clearing attempt by a Real Salt Lake defender -- once again proving that goal scoring isn't necessarily a problem for this club.

While the Revolution managed to head to the locker room tied 2-2, they allowed an own goal 10 minutes into the second half -- the dagger in what was a 3-2 loss. Rookie Henry Kessler tried to stop the ball, but ultimately ended up sliding it right in the goal.

This was another game in which the Revs defense was taken advantage of. We've known for a while now that goal scoring isn't the problem for New England, and they'll have to tighten up their defense if they want to win any of these simulated games. 

You can watch the full game below:



Taylor Twellman, Robert Kraft rep Revolution on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

Taylor Twellman, Robert Kraft rep Revolution on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

The 2020 National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot was released on Monday, and three members of the New England Revolution organization are represented among some of soccer's best. 

Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman and Robert Kraft represent the Revs on the ballot, so here's a little bit about each of them. 

Taylor Twellman - Veteran Ballot

Twellman is a candidate on the veteran ballot, and was named to the Revs' All-Time team as one of the best players the organization has ever seen. He spent his entire career with New England, notching 101 goals in eight seasons. The forward helped lead the Revs to multiple playoff appearances, including a few MLS Cup Final appearances in his tenure. 

Steve Ralston - Player Ballot

Ralston is in his final year of eligibility on the player ballot, and was also named to the Revs' All-Time team after spending nine seasons with the Revolution. From 2002-10 he notched 42 goals and 73 assists and finished his MLS career with 135 assists, just one shy of Landon Donovan's all-time record. 

Robert Kraft - Builder Ballot

Kraft is listed on the builder ballot and has been an investor and operator of the Revolution since the team's first season in 1995. Under Kraft, the Revs have reached the MLS Cup Finals five times and won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and SuperLiga 2008. 

The voting pool includes many coaches, players and high-level executives among U.S. Soccer and the voting began on Wednesday.