Colorado Rapids Players And Coaches Encouraged By Midfielder Luis Gil So Far

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - April 23: Luis Gil #17 of Orlando City SC is challenged by Alexander Ring #8 of New York City FC during the New York City FC Vs Orlando City SC regular season MLS game at Yankee Stadium on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Editorial (September 9, 2017) – The Colorado Rapids have had a rough few weeks. They recently fired Head Coach and club legend Pablo Mastroeni. They haven’t won a game since July 1. For a player getting traded at the deadline, there’s enough to worry about. Midfielder Luis Gil is rolling with the punches with his new team. So far, they like what they see.

Colorado Rapids Players And Coaches Encouraged By Midfielder Luis Gil So Far

Gil comes to the Rapids in turmoil after he himself has had a rollercoaster 2017. With Liga MX instituting the new 10/8 rule, Gil was struggling for minutes at Querétaro. He was loaned to Orlando City SC who then traded him at the deadline.

“It’s going to take him time to get used to what we’re doing now. It’s been a heck of week for him. I think he’s got a very bright future,” said Interim Head Coach Steve Cooke after a recent home game.

Gil played 17 games for the Lions and has played in four of the five games for the Rapids since being traded. He’s gotten comfortable with his new teammates and with a club trying to kickstart their offense.

“I thought he was very good. He created a good amount of energy. He’s good with the ball. He’s very quick with the ball,” Cooke added after a recent home game. “He likes to go forward as well in that midfield area. He can do both jobs. He’s a good technical player. He’s got a good game intelligence about him.”

Veteran forward Kevin Doyle likes what he’s seen so far as well: “He looks a strong guy and good on the ball. He has a good reputation and hopefully that shows up here.”

The 23-year-old has earned the respect of his teammates early in his time here. While the Rapids season will probably end without playoffs, there is still a lot to play for. Gil could very well be playing for a spot with the Rapids in 2018.

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