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"That's Our Captain": New England Revolution Step Up For Carles Gil
“But that’s our captain and he’s our best player. So if you see somebody kicking them not in an appropriate manner, you got to step up.”
Carles Gil is frequently the victim of some vicious tackles and Wednesday night was no different but the reaction from the New England Revolution stood out compared to previous instances.
In the 67th minute after some skillful dribbling from the Revolution captain, New York Red Bull midfielder Frankie Amaya kicked out on Gil leaving the Spaniard writhing in pain on the ground.
The Revs were quick to act with Mark-Anthony Kaye leading the way in an ensuing scuffle. Giacomo Vrioni was also visibly upset at the tackle on the bench.
But overall the message from New England was to not mess with their captain. It was a display of solidarity that showed how close the locker room is.
For Dave Romney, the Revolution had to step up after the incident with their captain.
“Mark was the first one there, Mark was getting feisty with them,” Romney told The Blazing Musket. “But that’s our captain and he’s our best player. So if you see somebody kicking them not in an appropriate manner, you got to step up.”
Similar to Romney, veteran Omar Gonzalez felt it necessary that New England stand up for its captain.
“I felt that too,” Gonzalez said when discussing the physicality of the match. “When Carles [Gil] got fouled out there, the pushing, guys ran from everywhere to come support him, and that's what you need. A team that's together that fights for each other, and it's in those moments where you really feel that camaraderie, that chemistry. And anyone else comes at us again, we're all going to be ready.”
While the Revolution shouldn’t be forced to take matters into their own hands — officials could correctly police the game and ensure it stays controlled — it was a pleasing sight for fans to see.