Carles Gil On Andrew Farrell's Disallowed Goal, Missing Saturday's Match, And Making The 2023 All-Star Team
"I think we’re having the experience now this year that, ‘Okay, we scored a goal, but wait for the celebration because you don’t know what’s happening.’"
The New England Revolution had a noticeable absence on Saturday evening against the New York Red Bulls.
Carles Gil was forced to miss the match due to yellow card accumulation after a suspect simulation call in the previous match saw him pick up a yellow card. For a player such as Gil who has such an impact on the game, it is quite difficult to sit back and have no control while watching on television.
“Obviously, difficult. More difficult at home,” Gil said. “What happened at the end of the game was maybe normal for us, because it’s not the first time., but it’s hard. We want to continue with good results. We have a quick game now on Wednesday and we’ll try to get the three points.”
The experience was made even more difficult by a stoppage-time goal from Andrew Farrell being disallowed. It was a beautiful long-range strike from the center back which tied the game.
But VAR ruled that Giacomo Vrioni was offside (though PRO came out and said that the call was incorrect).
Beyond leaving New York with zero points, it was difficult to see the goal taken away from Farrell who was elated after finding the back of the net. Even Gil said that Farrell’s goal was a special experience.
“It was difficult because Andrew is a special player in the locker room,” the captain said. “We’re always happy when someone scores a goal but Andrew is special. I think we’re having the experience now this year that, ‘Okay, we scored a goal, but wait for the celebration because you don’t know what’s happening.’ When I saw on TV the ref on the VAR I said, ‘Woah, we have a problem again?’ So, it was difficult.”
In more positive news, Gil will be headed to the 2023 All-Star Game in Washington D.C. Originally the midfielder wasn’t on the team but Wayne Rooney recently added the Spaniard to the roster.
Apparently, Gil didn’t have a lot of time to be disappointed as a day after the roster was announced, he found out he was actually going to be on the roster.
“I didn’t have too much time to think,” Gil said. “I think, the next day in the morning, Bruce told me, ‘You’re going to the All-Star [game].’ It wasn’t many hours. But we are many players in the league. It’s not just me. I don’t choose the players. I try to do the best with my team, that’s what I care [about most].”
Luckily for New England, they won’t have to wait long for Gil to return. With a midweek match against Atlanta United, the midfielder will return to the starting XI right away.
“[Gil] is a huge part of this team. He’s our playmaker. He’s a guy that you can’t replace in the league,” left back Ben Sweat said. “Not with many players, at least. He relieves all the pressure. I think when we’re missing him, we’re missing a big piece on how the team wants to play and our style. To have him back is huge. It’s important.”