New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil has been named the 2021 Landon Donovan MLS MVP, the league announced Tuesday.
Gil led the Revolution to their first-ever MLS Supporters’ Shield and the all-time MLS points record as the team captain and the best playmaker in the league. The Spaniard finished the season with a league-best 18 assists. He also scored four goals and created a league-best 130 chances.
Gil, 29, becomes the second Revolution player to win the MVP award, joining Taylor Twellman in 2005.
“It is an honor for me to be named the MLS Most Valuable Player,” Gil said. “I want to thank everyone who voted for me, everyone who works at the club, our coaching staff, our fans, and especially my teammates. Together, we achieved an unforgettable regular season.”
Gil received 52.1% of the vote from the players, club personnel and media who vote on the MVP award, far outpacing second-place Hany Mukhtar of Nashville SC (11.8%).
In May, Gil signed an extension with the Revs through 2024. He was also named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year this season after missing much of last season due to injury.
The Revs' historic season ended last week with a disappointing playoff loss to the New York City FC.