Major League Soccer announced New England Revolution player Carles Gil as the winner of the 2021 Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player award.
Gil managed a stand out season, recording four goals and 18 assists to inspire the Revolution to a record-breaking point tally of 73. Though the New England side were ultimately eliminated by MLS Cup finalist NYCFC, the team lifted the Supporters Shield.
After a historic season, the midfielder is taking in the moment for all its worth.
“A lot of emotions in my head,” said Gil. “You have not-so-good moments that make you value these moments. Sometimes we don’t value these moments enough. But I thought a lot about my family and friends who are far away from me, back in Spain. In general, a lot of emotions.”
Gil has been the key to New England’s resurgence this season, leading the league-best attack match after match.
It was not always smooth sailing for Gil, who missed most of 2020 with an injury after arriving in New England following a stint in the Spanish second division.
Now, the midfielder is on top of the league.
“I came here in a complicated moment,” Gil said. “I didn’t enjoy the field and I wasn’t performing the way I wanted to perform. So I came here looking for something different. I came here hoping to find myself again and fast forward three years later, I’m happy, I’m enjoying it and I’m giving the best version of myself.”
While the award is a major accomplishment for Gil, the 29-year-old is not finished yet. With his team eliminated early in the postseason, he is looking to take home the MLS Cup in 2022 while improving as a player.
“It’s important to continue on the same line and continue improving,” Gil said. “Each and every year we keep bringing in great players. We know we have a tough loss with Tajon [going to Club Brugge], but we have to continue improving. I’m sure we’ll keep being a winning team and hope to fight for it all again next season.”