Alston, Porter win MLS season honors
New England defender Kevin Alston has been voted Major League
Soccer’s Comeback Player of the Year after returning from treatment
for leukemia, and Portland’s Caleb Porter has been selected Coach
of the Year.
Alston took a leave of absence in April and returned July 27 to
play in five of his team’s final 14 games. He helped New England
reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
The 25-year-old, who played at Indiana, received 99.8 percent of
voting by players, club officials and media. Philadelphia forward
Conor Casey was second with 63 percent in balloting announced
Monday, followed by Seattle forward Lamar Neagle at 35 percent.
Porter, in first season with a professional club after leaving
the University of Akron, led the Timbers to a Western
Conference-best 14-5-15 record. That’s a 23-point improvement from
First-year New York coach Mike Petke was second in voting,
followed by Salt Lake’s Jason Kreis.