FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have signed midfielder Ignacio “Nacho” Gil (pronounced NAH-cho HEEL) to a one-year contract through the end of 2022. A native of Valencia, Spain, Gil will occupy an international roster slot pending receipt of his visa and ITC.
“Nacho Gil is a talented midfielder and will be a very good addition to our roster. His experience and knowledge of our team should allow him to make a quick transition to our team,” Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “We look forward to welcoming Nacho to the New England Revolution.”
Gil, 26, makes the move to Major League Soccer after playing his entire career in Spain where he made 101 career appearances in La Liga 2. The midfielder spent the past two seasons with FC Cartagena of the Spanish Segunda Division, where he appeared in 60 matches across all competitions. During the 2021-22 La Liga 2 campaign, Gil suited up for 21 league matches and an additional three appearances in the Copa del Rey, registering one goal.
The midfielder developed for 12 years in the famed Valencia Academy before graduating to Valencia B in 2014. Gil spent three seasons with Valencia B, notching 16 goals in 95 appearances before signing with the first team. Gil played parts of two years with Valencia’s first team from 2017-19, making eight top-flight appearances. He also saw first-division action with Las Palmas in 2018 while on loan from Valencia, logging 14 appearances.
Alongside his older brother and the reigning Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player, Carles Gil, the siblings constitute one of five active brother pairings on the same MLS team. They are also the third pair of brothers to play together on the Revolution, joining Alexi and Greg Lalas in 1997, and Dauda and Ibrahim Kante in 2003.
The Revolution open a three-game homestand this Sunday, August 28 against Western Conference foe LA Galaxy. The 8:00 p.m. ET match airs locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV (Rhode Island), 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio (Portuguese).
TRANSACTION: New England Revolution sign midfielder Nacho Gil as a free agent to a one-year contract through the 2022 season, pending receipt of his visa and ITC, on Aug. 23, 2022.
NACHO GIL AT A GLANCE:
- Spanish midfielder owns 101 career appearances in La Liga 2 with FC Cartagena, Ponferradina, and Elche CF.
- Owns 22 appearances in Spain’s La Liga between Valencia and Las Palmas.
- Most recently played two seasons for Spanish Segunda Division side FC Cartagena, logging 60 appearances across all competitions with one goal and two assists.
- Scored 16 goals in 95 appearances for Valencia B from 2014-17.
- Developed for 12 years with the Valencia CF Academy in his native Spain.
- Younger brother of Revolution teammate and MLS MVP Carles Gil
Full Name: Ignacio Gil de Pareja Vicent
Pronunciation: NAH-cho HEEL
Hometown: Valencia, Spain
Date of Birth: September 9, 1995 (Valencia, Spain)
Last Club: FC Cartagena (ESP)
Other Pro Experience: Ponferradina (2019-20), Elche (2018-19), Las Palmas (2018), Valencia (2017-19), Valencia B (2014-17)
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent on August 23, 2022.