When the Revolution signed midfielder Carles Gil to a designated player contract on Jan. 30, there was a bit of trepidation amongst denizens of The Fort: the Spaniard hadn’t scored in 18 competitive matches with Deportivo de La Coruña during the 2018-19 campaign, and had only scored 13 goals in his professional career. All that money for no goals? Yep, that had some people scratching their heads at Brad Friedel and the Revs’ front office, and understandably so — the name Guillermo Hauche and his YouTube "highlight" reel was still fresh in everyone’s minds.
In this reporter’s analysis of the move, I wrote the following: “If you’re concerned about the lack of goals from Gil, I wouldn’t sweat it too much. I would think he’s here to create and to draw defenses to him with his skill, and that should help free up a team member, unmarked, to score.
“And if he does score, I’d call that a bonus.”
Suffice it to say that with his performances in the navy blue kit this season, Gil has assuaged those fears, putting them to rest. And thanks to his penalty and assist to Michael Mancienne in Saturday afternoon’s 3-3 draw, Gil moved one step closer to a rather elite grouping in club history: the double-digit tallies mark for one season, as he now sits at nine goals and 10 helpers.
It’s a mark that has been hit with regularity over most of the last decade