Carles Gil: MLS Career, Records Stats And Figures

Carles Gil is on track to be named the 2021 MLS MVP and has undoubtedly been one of the most underappreciated success stories in North American soccer since his arrival at New England Revolution in 2019. 

After nearly a decade of journeying around Europe, Gil has found a home where his skills are adored and he is able to feel truly settled, doing wonders for not only his own standing but also that of the MLS as a division too. 

With the Spaniard and the New England Revolution now with their first Supporters’ Shield, SinkorSwimSports takes a look at his remarkable journey from flop to MVP, with all of the best Carles Gil stats, records, and achievements in Major League Soccer. 

At A Glance: Carles Gil Stats

Full Name: Carles Gil de Pareja Vicent

D.O.B.: 22 November 1992 (age 29), Valencia, Spain

Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

Position: Attacking Midfielder

MLS Appearances: 75

MLS Goals: 16

Career Appearances: 240

Career Goals: 26

A Failed Journeyman 

Carles Gil’s footballing career began with the Spaniard representing his hometown club through the youth and B sides during a period where Valencia were perhaps Europe’s greatest talent factory, with the likes of David Villa, David Silva, Juan Mata, Isco, Juan Bernat, Paco Alcacer, Jordi Alba and Jose Gaya all coming through the ranks around the time Gil was learning to ply his trade. 

Eight appearances were all Gil managed for the first team before being snapped up in a lucrative move to the English Premier League with Aston Villa in 2015. Despite a string of solid performances at the start of his time in England, Gil and most of the Villa squad struggled to find much in the way of consistency, with the club going through five separate head coaches in less than a year and a half.

Following Villa’s relegation from the Premier League in 2016, Gil returned to Spain with Deportivo, but once again struggled to find much in the way of opportunities as the club also succumbed to relegation to the second division in 2018. 

From signing with Aston Villa in January 2015 to his eventual MLS move in January 2019, Gil only played 88 times in all competitions, with the Spanish playmaker so often being the victim of circumstance, rather than lacking in talent. 

An Unexpected MLS Move

In many ways, New England Revolution’s move for Gil in January 2019 was a testament to the emerging sense of pedigree Major League Soccer clubs have developed over the past few years. 

Gil himself has said the offer from the Revs came as a surprise against some of the other offers he was receiving from clubs in Europe saying that he: “didn’t want to go because I didn’t know MLS, the country, everything.”

However, the MLS has been rising in stock in countries like Spain and Portugal thanks to the acquisitions of talismanic figures such as David Villa, Alejandro Pozuelo, Bojan Krkic, Ilie Sanchez, and Alvaro Medran, and the promise of regular settled first-team football was enough to convince Gil to gamble on a move to Boston with the Revs for a then-club record fee of $2 million.

Almost instantly, the relationship between Gil and the Revs looked to be a match made in heaven. For a player who had experienced most of their career on the fringes, suddenly being thrown in and called their designated superstar playmaker and captain seemed to unlock Gil’s true level of ability, showcasing that sometimes a player’s career can kickstart at 26 years of age, rather than in the early 20s. 

The League’s Best

The arrival of Carles Gil has been one of the defining moments in the MLS’ rise from being a low-level niche in North American sports, to one of the most exciting domestic leagues in the world of football. 

In his first season stateside, the Spaniard registered 10 goals and a whopping 14 assists to scoop up the MLS Newcomer of the Year and New England Revolution’s Midnight Riders Man of the Year awards as the Revs reached the postseason playoffs for the first time since 2015. 

Gil only managed 152 minutes across the 2020 regular season but came back in time to bag a couple of goals against Orlando and Montreal, as well as registering three more assists in the postseason. 

The Stats Behind A Remarkable 2021

2021 Was a season where everything clicked into place for New England Revolution. Having been stabilised under legendary MLS and US head coach Bruce Arena after a torrid time under the likes of Brad Friedel, the Revs have seen their stock bloom in the MLS tips and betting markets with gradual progression over the past few campaigns. 

Having reached the playoffs in 2019, the team qualified for the knockout rounds of the MLS Is Back Tournament, and closed the 2020 season with a Conference Finals spot, much to the surprise of most MLS playoff odds at the time. 

Despite missing a month due to injury, Gil managed to bag 16 assists, three more than Montreal’s Djordje Mihailovic, and scored 3 times in just 23 appearances. He was named the MLS’ Player of the Month in June for his 5 assists in 3 games and has continued to top some of the top MLS stats since his arrival. 

Special mention should also go to the likes of Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa and Tajon Buchanan, whose solid finishing helped Gil boost his MLS stats with 13, 13, and 7 goals respectively. 

Gil currently averages 1.99 shots per ninety and a pass completion rate of 74.8%, and his xA (Expected Assists) for the season is just -0.11 off the 10 he’s already managed this season, showcasing just how proficient his final ball has been for the Revs.

Throughout 2021, Gil completed 217 progressive passes, 111 key passes, 119 passes into the final third, and 102 passes into the eighteen-yard box, showcasing just how much he has made the MLS his very own personal playground. 

SinkorSwimSports Fun Fact
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION’S SUPPORTERS’ SHIELD IN 2021 WAS THEIR FIRST IN THEIR 26 YEAR HISTORY

How’s He Doing In 2022? 

The New England Revolution have had a difficult start to their 2022 season, with the combination of the pressure of being champions and struggling to get their talisman up front fit and firing contributing to just two wins in their opening seven fixtures.

However, Gil has still continued to put up some decent numbers for the Revs in 2022. The Spaniard has already contributed three goals (albeit all from the penalty spot) and five assists in eleven matches, making him the top goalscorer and top assist provider at the club this season.

Gil is still averaging a pass completion rate over 80% for short and medium passes (87.4% and 82.5% respectively), and has already recorded 43 key passes for the Revs. He is also creating over 6.5 shot-creating actions each game and has registered a whopping 410 touches in the final third this season. Most of these numbers are slight drops from the freakish records he was setting in 2021, however, they remain impressive when taken into the context of the Revs’ struggles on the pitch and on the treatment table this year.

Tipped For Success

New England Revolution finished 18 points clear of Nashville SC at the top of the Eastern Conference, and 8 clear of the Seattle Sounders in the overall league table, which made them the undisputed favourites for the MLS Cup with most MLS betting tips, of which Carles Gil has been a major factor behind. 

The question the MLS world surely has to be asking now is: just how big is Gil’s Major League legacy going to get? A Supporter’s Shield and MLS MVP found their way to him, but why stop there? MLS Cup Champion, Revs fan favourite, league legend? Everything is on the cards for Carles Gil now that he is finally able to call a club his home and showcase exactly why the MLS is one of the best soccer leagues in the world for rejuvenating a career.  

Carles Gil League Record

Season

League

Appearances

Goals

Assists

2012/13

Segunda División

31

4

0

2013/14

La Liga

33

1

3

2014/15

La Liga/ Premier League

13

1

1

2015/16

Premier League

23

2

0

2016/17

La Liga

23

1

4

2017/18

La Liga

10

0

1

2018/19

Segunda División

18

0

1

2019

MLS

34

10

12

2020

MLS

6

0

1

2021

MLS

28

4

11

2022

MLS

11

3

5