The Revolution announced that defender Kevin Alston has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a rare but treatable form of leukemia, and has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team to undergo treatment.
Alston isn't expected to be hospitalized, and he expects to return to the team.
"The Revolution fully supports Kevin as he begins treatment," Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. "Right now, the most important thing for Kevin, and his family, is to concentrate on returning to full health. Kevin's had a tremendous attitude since the diagnosis and his positivity is an inspiration for all of us.”
Alston, 24, has started all four of the Revs’ games this season. He has started all 116 games in which he’s played since New England drafted him 10th overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft out of Indiana University. He also started the 2010 MLS All-Star Game.
Fans wishing to send Alston get-well messages and thoughts can email GetWellKevinAlston@gmail.com or tag tweets with #GetWellKA.