Kevin Alston returned from his fight with leukemia to help the Revolution reach the playoffs. (AP)
Revolution defender Kevin Alston was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year on Monday after playing this season despite being diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a rare but treatable form of leukemia, back in April.
The 25-year-old Alston started the first four games of the 2013 season before he left New England’s game against Dallas on March 30 feeling sick. After multiple medical tests, it was revealed that Alston had been diagnosed with cancer.
Alston was placed on the disabled list on April 8 and immediately began treatment. Alston returned to the pitch July 27 and proceeded to play in five of New England’s final 14 games, including the last three games. Alston’s presence out on the field was huge down the stretch, as he helped New England advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Alston handily won the vote over Philadelphia’s Conor Casey, Seattle’s Lamar Neagle and Portland’s Donovan Ricketts, receiving 99.8 percent of the vote from players, team officials and media members.
Alston is not the only New England player to garner accolades this season, as Jose Goncalves was named Defender of the Year while Matt Reis was voted the MLS Works Humanitarian of the Year.
New England is coming off of a bounce-back campaign in 2013, as the Revolution finished third in the Eastern Conference with 51 points.
The Revolution also announced that tickets are on sale for the 2014 season, including four- or six-game holiday gift packs, which also give purchasers exclusive pre-sale opportunities for Gillette Stadium concerts and special events.