Carles Gil continues to make a case for the 2023 Landon Donovan MLS MVP award, bagging both goals in the New England Revolution's 3-2 loss to Orlando City SC this past weekend and landing on the MLS Team of the Matchday presented by Audi in the process.
Gil, who has been red hot lately with four goals and two assists in the last six games, scored both of his goals at Exploria Stadium from outside the box. The Revolution captain's first strike came from a full 30 yards as he hit a low, knuckling drive that fooled Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and briefly cut the deficit to 2-1.
The second arrived with virtually the last kick of the game and again it was from distance, this time Gil's left-footed effort taking a deflection before finding its way into the back of the net. Unfortunately the goal arrived just a bit too late as the Revolution's comeback bid fell short in Orlando.
The goals were Gil's team-best 10th and 11th of the season, establishing a new career high for the 30-year-old midfielder, who had previously bagged 10 goals in his debut season with the Revs in 2019.
With 11 goals and 14 assists on the year, Gil is the fourth different player in Revolution history to record 25 goal contributions in a season and the first since Lee Nguyen in 2014. He joins club legend Taylor Twellman - who accomplished the feat in 2002 and 2005 - as the only Revolution players to record at least 24 goal contributions in two different seasons. Gil is now four goal contributions shy of the single-season club record set by Twellman in 2002 (29).
Gil, who had 10 goals and 14 assists in his first MLS season (2019), is now the first player in Revolution history to record multiple 10-goal and 10-assist seasons.
The Revs (14-8-10, 52 pts.) have two games remaining on the regular season schedule, and they'll visit Nashville SC this Saturday night at GEODIS Park in their final road game of the regular season. That match kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be available to watch FREE in both English and Spanish on Apple TV, while radio listeners can catch the local call on 98.5 The Sports Hub (English) and 1260 AM Nossa Radio (Portuguese).