In 2019, Carles Gil was everywhere. The Spanish midfielder started every game and played all but eight minutes of his debut season in Major League Soccer, leading the Revolution in both goals and assists. He was named MLS Newcomer of the Year and was instrumental in New England reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
So far, 2020 has been a different story. Gil, 27, was limited by a foot injury throughout preseason, and the lingering issue kept him out of the first two Revolution games in the new season (New England went 0-1-1 without him).
Then came the league’s postponement due to COVID-19 on March 12. Like everything else affected by the pandemic, the ramifications for MLS have been drastic and unprecedented. No games, no practices, and no in-person contact for players so used to spending months of the season close together.