Luis Gil

Luis Miguel Gil (born November 14, 1993) is an American soccer player currently playing for Viktoria Žižkov in the Czech National Football League.

Luis Gil
Personal information
Full name Luis Miguel Gil
Date of birth (1993-11-14) November 14, 1993
Place of birth Garden Grove, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Viktoria Žižkov
Number 16
Youth career
2008–2009 IMG Soccer Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Real Salt Lake 134 (11)
2010AC St. Louis (loan) 9 (1)
2016–2019 Querétaro 10 (0)
2017Orlando City (loan) 17 (0)
2017Colorado Rapids (loan) 4 (0)
2018Houston Dynamo (loan) 12 (0)
2018Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (loan) 4 (0)
2019– Viktoria Žižkov 7 (2)
National team
2008–2009 United States U17 32 (5)
2010–2011 United States U18 5 (1)
2011–2013 United States U20 13 (5)
2011–2016 United States U23 12 (3)
2014 United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 18, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 21, 2016

Career

Club

Luis Gil attended U.S. Soccer Development Academy member IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida in 2008 as a youth player. He turned professional when he signed a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer in February 2010, spurning interest from major European clubs such as Premier League side Arsenal.[1]

Having signed a GA deal after the MLS draft, Gil was placed in a weighted lottery to allocate him to an MLS club. The Kansas City Wizards won the rights to Gil despite the player having stated his preference before the lottery to play for a western-based club. MLS helped engineer Gil's trade to Real Salt Lake in exchange for an international roster slot, a second-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, and 25 percent of any future transfer fee should RSL sell Gil outside of MLS.[2][3] Gil made his professional debut as a substitute against D.C. United in the 2010 US Open Cup.

During the latter half of 2010, Gil joined AC St. Louis of the USSF Division 2 Professional League on loan. He made his debut for St. Louis on August 20 as a late substitute against the Puerto Rico Islanders,[4] and scored his first professional goal on September 18, a 93rd-minute winner against the Austin Aztex.[5]

On October 19, 2010, Gil made his RSL debut in a CONCACAF Champions League group match against Cruz Azul. He started the game and chipped a ball into the box to a teammate who was taken down for a penalty.[6]

He made his MLS debut on March 26, 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute in RSL's 4–1 home win against Los Angeles Galaxy.[7] He scored his first MLS goal on August 6, 2011, against New York Red Bulls.

In December 2015, Gil signed with Querétaro of Liga MX.[8]

With playing time in Mexico limited, Gil was loaned to Orlando City for the 2017 season.[9] His loan continued after an August trade to the Colorado Rapids.[10]

On April 23, 2018, Gil again returned to MLS when he joined Houston Dynamo on loan.[11] Gil made an appearance with the Dynamo USL affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, before making his Dynamo debut on May 11 in a 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps.[12] He helped the Dynamo win the 2018 US Open Cup, making 3 appearances and getting 1 assist in the tournament.[13]

In July 2019, Gil signed a one-year deal with Czech National Football League side Viktoria Žižkov.[14]

International

Gil was born in the United States and is of Mexican descent.[15] In 2009, Gil was a member of the United States U-17 national team for both the CONCACAF U-17 Championships and the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Gil was named to the United States U-18 roster for the 2011 Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland.[16]

Gil was included in the United States U-20 squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, and scored a "spectacular" goal in a losing cause against Spain: "twisting and turning to work some space for himself 25 yards (23 m) from goal, [he] provided an early candidate for goal of the tournament with a stunning left-foot shot into the top right-hand corner."[17]

He made his first appearance with the senior team on February 1, 2014 in a friendly against South Korea.[18]

Statistics

As of November 5, 2018[19][20]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
USA League Open Cup MLS Cup CONCACAF Total
2010Real Salt LakeMajor League Soccer00001010
2010A.C. St. Louis (loan)USSF D2 Pro League9120111
2011Real Salt LakeMajor League Soccer2522030302
2012291111020332
20133051050366
20142621020292
20152413020291
Mexico League Copa MX CONCACAF Total
2015–16QuerétaroLiga MX9090
2016–17104050
USA League Open Cup MLS Cup CONCACAF Total
2017Orlando City (loan)MLS17010180
2017Colorado Rapids (loan)MLS4040
2018 Houston Dynamo (loan) MLS 12 0 3 0 15 0
2018 Rio Grande Valley FC (loan) USL 4 0 4 0
United States 180121411105021012
Mexico 100400000140
Total 190121811105022412

Honors

Querétaro

Houston Dynamo

References

  1. "10 Questions With… Luis Gil".
  2. "Wizards Receive International Roster Spot, 2nd Round Pick And Percentage of Future Transfer Fee For - OurSports Central".
  3. "Yahoo Sports - Sports News, Scores, Fantasy Games". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  4. "USSF Division-2 Pro League".
  5. "USSF Division-2 Pro League".
  6. http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter-recap/paulo-jr-leads-rsl-youngsters-past-cruz-azul
  7. "Morales strikes twice as RSL dominate Western foes". Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  8. "Sources: Luis Gil signing with Liga MX side Queretaro - Goal.com". December 23, 2015.
  9. "Orlando City Acquires Midfielder Luis Gil on Loan from Mexico". April 6, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  10. "Orlando City Acquires Dillon Powers from Colorado for Luis Gil and Targeted Allocation Money". August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  11. https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2018/04/23/houston-dynamo-acquire-midfielder-luis-gil-loan-quer-taro-fc
  12. "Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo - Football Match Summary - May 11, 2018 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  13. "Luis Gil". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  14. https://www.fkvz.cz/clanek.asp?id=Viktorka-startuje-F-NL-v-Pardubicich-Zapas-ukaze-jestli-je-tym-spravne-doplnen-mini-trener-Hasek-951
  15. "Mexicanos que optaron por Estados Unidos". www.unotv.com.
  16. ::., .:: chastroD. "MATKOVICH NAMES US MILK CUP ROSTER".
  17. "Spain stroll against USA". FIFA. June 21, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  18. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. "Luis Gil". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  20. "L. Gil". soccerway.com. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
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