FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution announced the recipients of the club’s 2021 Team Awards winners for the 2021 Major League Soccer season ahead of Sunday’s regular season finale. Midfielder Carles Gil has been voted the Revolution Team MVP by fans. Andrew Farrell was voted the club’s Defender of the Year by members of the local media. Teal Bunbury receives his second consecutive Revolution Humanitarian of the Year award.
The Revolution’s 2021 Team Award winners will be recognized during the club’s regular season finale on Nov. 7 against Inter Miami CF (3:30 p.m. ET, TV38, myRITV, CoziTV, 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2, 1260 AM Nossa). The winner of the Revolution’s Golden Boot award – given annually to the club’s leading goal scorer during the regular season – will be solidified after the MLS Decision Day match. Forward Adam Buksa (16A, 4A) enters the final match with a one-goal edge over Gustavo Bou (15G, 9A) for the team lead.
Gil earns his second Team MVP honor in three seasons with the club, having also taken home the award in his debut MLS campaign in 2019. As he did that season, Gil also takes home the Revolution’s Players’ Player of the Year award, as voted on by his teammates. Gil enters the final game of the MLS season as the league leader in assists (18), one shy of New England’s club record. The Spaniard’s 126 chances created are already a new league mark, while his eight game-winning assists are tied for the MLS single-season record. When Gil delivers an assist, the Supporters’ Shield-winning Revolution are an unbeaten 10-0-3 this season.
Farrell was voted the Revolution Defender of the Year by local media for the third time in the last four seasons, and the fourth time overall in his career (2015, 2018, 2019, 2021). With a start in Sunday’s regular season finale, Farrell is poised to set new career highs in starts and minutes played during this record-setting 2021 season. He has played all 90 minutes in each of his 32 starts to date in his ninth MLS campaign, anchoring New England’s backline to eight clean sheets. Earlier this season, Farrell became the Revolution’s all-time leader in MLS appearances, starts, and minutes played. He enters the final matchday tied for the second most minutes played across the entire league.
Bunbury has been named the Revolution Humanitarian of the Year for the second consecutive season. The 12-year MLS veteran continues devoting his time and energy to uplifting families throughout the New England area. In 2021, Bunbury launched “Teal’s Team”, which has welcomed dozens of underserved families to Gillette Stadium for Revolution games. This September, Bunbury and his teammates provided back-to-school shopping sprees for 50 Boston-area families through his “Back to School with the Revs” event. Now during Thanksgiving season, he is battling food insecurity by once again partnering with the Providence Rescue Mission to provide 30-pound boxes of food, including a 15-pound turkey, to families in need.
CARLES GIL’S 2021 SEASON AT A GLANCE:
- Revolution captain leads MLS with 18 assists – one shy of the club record – with one game remaining.
- Owns 22 combined goals and assists – tied for seventh most in MLS -- across 27 appearances.
- Recorded the most chances created in a season (126) since Opta began tracking the statistic in 2011.
- Tied MLS single-season record with eight game-winning assists.
- New England is 10-0-3 in 2021 when Gil records an assist.
- Named MLS Player of the Month for June, when he collected five assists in three starts, including back-to-back multi-assist performances.
ANDREW FARRELL’S 2021 SEASON AT A GLANCE:
- Ninth-year pro on track to set new career highs for starts, games played, and minutes in 2021.
- Tied for second in MLS in minutes played entering Decision Day with 90-minute performances in all 32 starts to date.
- Became the Revolution’s all-time leader in MLS regular season appearances, starts, and minutes played.
- Contributed to eight clean sheets and is positioned among MLS leaders in clearances, possessions won, and blocks.
TEAL BUNBURY’S 2021 SEASON AT A GLANCE:
- Hosted third annual “Back to School Kickoff” event, raising $15,000 to provide 50 Boston-area families with Target gift certificates to purchase essential school supplies, clothing, and more.
- Combatting food insecurity through Teal’s Turkey Club this November in partnership with the Providence Rescue Mission.
- Launched “Teal’s Team” in 2021, treating dozens of underserved children to Revolution games.
- Owns three goals this season across 28 appearances, with 11 starts, and surpassed 300 MLS appearances in May.