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MLS Ticker: Gil named MLS MVP, Union re-sign Glesnes, and more


New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil helped lead his team to the 2021 Supporters’ Shield crown and was rewarded with the highest individual honors in MLS on Tuesday.

Gil was named the Most Valuable Player for 2021, adding that to his Comeback Player of the Year award also for this season. The Spaniard registered four goals and a league-leading 22 assists this season, powering the Revolution to a season in which they set a new MLS single-season points record.

Bruce Arena’s side posted a 12-1-3 record in the 16 games that Gil registered a goal or assist.

β€œIt is an honor for me to be named the MLS Most Valuable Player,” Gil said in a statement. β€œI 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 overwhelmingly won the award, earning 52.07% of all votes, over 40% more than runner-up Hany Mukhtar. He becomes the second Revs player to win the MVP award, joining former forward and modern-day analyst Taylor Twellman.

The 29-year-old also signed a multi-year extension with the Revs earlier this May, which locks him up through 2024.

Here are some other news items from around MLS:

Crew retain veteran midfielder Santos

The Columbus Crew made a second key signing this week, bringing back veteran midfielder Pedro Santos for his sixth season.

Santos signed a one-year deal for 2022 on Wednesday, which also comes with an option for 2023. The Lisbon, Portugal native recently finished his fifth season with the Crew and has since made 126 regular-season appearances while registering 22 goals and 29 assists since arriving in 2017.

The attacking midfielder earned the Crew’s MVP award in 2019 after contrubuting 11 goals and six assists in 33 regular-season appearances. Santos remained just as important in 2020 as Caleb Porter’s side won MLS Cup, with the midfielder totaling eight goals and eight assists between the regular season and playoffs.

Santos’ re-signing comes one day after the Crew retained star goalkeeper Eloy Room.

Union re-sign starting centerback Glesnes

The Philadelphia Union retained a key piece of their backline for the next few seasons, signing centerback Jakob Glesnes to a new multi-year contract.

Glesnes signed a new deal on Wednesday with the Union, which will keep him in Chester through the 2024 MLS season. The 27-year-old became a consistent starter for Jim Curtin’s side in 2021, totaling 36 appearances between regular season and playoff action.

The Norwegian international registered four goals this season, with one of those propelling the Union past rivals New York Red Bulls in the opening round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. Glesnes was also nominated for MLS Defender of the Year, alongside fellow centerback Jack Elliott, after the duo helped the Union claim the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Glesnes was one of 11 players who missed the Union’s 2-1 loss to New York City FC in the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday due to COVID-19 protocols.

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