The awards just keep pouring in for the Revs this offseason.
The team announced Revolution defender Kevin Alston was voted the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year on Monday. Alston fought with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a rare but treatable form of leukemia, this season.
Alston, 25, had started every game for which he was available during the first four years of his career. On March 30 against FC Dallas, he was subbed off toward the end of the game and examined by team physicians. On April 8, he was diagnosed with CML.
Alston underwent four-and-a-half months of treatment and returned to the field on July 27 in his hometown of D.C. in front of almost 100 friends and family.
“Kevin has been an inspiration for our entire organization this year,” Revolution president Brian Bilello said in a statement. “It was a shock to everyone to hear that someone so young and fit could be hit with this disease, but Kevin approached his treatment with such a tremendous attitude that it was no surprise that he returned to the field so quickly. We’re very pleased his determination and spirit has been recognized by those around the league.”
Alston made five more appearances after his return -- including two starts -- to finish the year with nine appearances and six starts.
Revs teammates Jose Goncalves (defender of the year) and Matt Reis (humanitarian of the year) have also been named league award winners this offseason.