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MLS, Liga MX veteran Luis Gil joins Spokane for 15th professional season

By Staff, 01/23/24, 9:30AM EST


The former United States international, 2018 U.S. Open Cup champion moves to 12th club of career

The former United States international, 2018 U.S. Open Cup champion moves to 12th club of career | Image Credit: Central Valley Fuego FC

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Velocity FC on Monday announced the signing of veteran midfielder Luis Gil, pending league and federation approval. The 30-year-old joins Spokane - his 12th professional club - after accumulating over 175 Major League Soccer appearances and earning a pair of caps for the United States Men's National Team.

The Garden Grove, Calif. native started his career with Real Salt Lake on a Generation adidas contract in 2010, scoring 12 goals in 157 combined MLS regular season, MLS Cup Playoff and Concacaf Champions Cup appearances. With RSL, Gil helped his side to appearances in the 2011 Concacaf Champions Cup Final, the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final and MLS Cup 2012. 

After six seasons in Utah, Gil made a brief move to Mexico where he joined Liga MX side Querétaro FC with which he made 14 appearances and won the Apertura 2016 Copa MX. Between 2017 and 2018, Gil made a combined 41 appearances for MLS sides Orlando City SC, the Colorado Rapids and Houston Dynamo FC, along with the USL Championship's Rio Grande Valley FC. With Houston, Gil claimed his second major trophy as the Dynamo claimed their first U.S. Open Cup title in 2018.

After his time in Houston, Gil moved to Europe to play with the Czech National Football League's FK Viktoria Žižkov in 2019 before making a quick move to fellow Czech side FC MAS Táborsko in 2021. In 2020, Gil made seven appearances with NISA's Valley United FC.

Between 2022 and 2023, Gil spent time with fellow League One side Union Omaha. Gil made 53 appearances for Omaha across all competitions and tallied 12 goal contributions as he helped the Owls claim the 2023 USL League One Players' Shield.

At the international level, the former USMNT player earned a pair of caps with the senior team, appearing in friendlies against South Korea in 2014 and Panama in 2015. At the youth international level, Gil accumulated over 50 appearances and 12 goals within the U.S. Youth National Team levels, making appearances at 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the 2009 Concacaf U-17 Championships, the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2013 Concacaf U-20 Championships.

"Luis has been a standout player in USL League One for the past couple of years and carries a very good resume from across the world," Spokane Head Coach Leigh Veidman said. "His production from last year was on a high level but in addition to that, his energy and experience will be key in how we will defend too. He knows what it takes to drive a team to success and is another key figure to push us forward."

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