Carles Gil led MLS with 18 assists. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer Wednesday announced that New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil was named its comeback player of the year.

Gil, a vital part of the Revs’ success, dished out a league-high 18 assists and added four goals as New England won the Supporters’ Shield.

Forced to sit out the majority of the shortened 2020 campaign due to a bone spur injury near his left heel, Gil led MLS in assists in playing 28 matches a year later, guiding Revs to their most prolific season. The Revs were 12-1-3 in the 16 matches in which Gil recorded a goal or an assist.

Seizing the spotlight early and often, Gil was named to the MLS team of the week on 10 occasions during the 35-week regular season. His comeback player of the year bid was solidified after the Spaniard recorded eight assists during a span of five matches early in the year – all victories. Gil collected 10 assists in the opening 10 games of the year – matching the MLS record for most assists from the start of a season.

Gil’s success led New England to its strongest regular season in the MLS Original’s 26-year history, as the Revs won the Supporters’ Shield, the No. 1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference for a first round bye, and a berth to the 2022 Concacaf Champions League.

The Revs are set to host an Eastern Conference semifinal in the MLS Cup Playoffs against New York City FC on Nov. 30 6:30 p.m. ET / FS1, FOX Deportes).

The comeback player of the year award was voted on by MLS club technical staff, media and current MLS players. Below is a breakdown of the voting results:

 

Voting Results

COMEBACK PLAYER PLAYER CLUB MEDIA TOTAL
Gil, Carles (NE) 19.80% 9.10% 16.70% 15.20%
Hernandez, Javier ‘Chicharito’ (LA) 6.30% 12.10% 19.70% 12.70%
Salloi, Daniel (SKC) 8.30% 15.20% 14.30% 12.60%
Blanco, Sebastian (POR) 8.30% 15.20% 9.40% 10.97%
Martinez, Josef (ATL) 7.30% 6.10% 14.30% 9.23%

MLS Comeback Player of the Year Winners
 

  • 2021: Carles Gil – New England Revolution
  • 2020: Bradley Wright-Phillips – Los Angeles Football Cub
  • 2019: Jordan Morris – Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2018: Gyasi Zardes – Columbus Crew SC
  • 2017: Clint Dempsey – Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2016: Chris Pontius – Philadelphia Union
  • 2015: Tim Melia – Sporting Kansas City
  • 2014: Rodney Wallace – Portland Timbers
  • 2013: Kevin Alston – New England Revolution
  • 2012: Eddie Johnson – Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2011: David Beckham – LA Galaxy
  • 2010: Bobby Convey – San Jose Earthquakes
  • 2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA
  • 2008: Kenny Cooper – FC Dallas
  • 2007: Eddie Johnson – Kansas City Wizards
  • 2006: Richard Mulrooney – FC Dallas
  • 2005: Chris Klein – Kansas City Wizards
  • 2004: Brian Ching – San Jose Earthquakes
  • 2003: Chris Armas – Chicago Fire
  • 2002: Chris Klein – Kansas City Wizards
  • 2001: Troy Dayak – San Jose Earthquakes
  • 2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards