Portland Timbers midfielder Rodney Wallace was named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year for 2014, the league announced Tuesday.
Wallace topped Charlie Davies of the New England Revolution, Stefan Frei of the Seattle Sounders and Chris Pontius of DC United in the voting.
Wallace, 26, missed the first 16 matches of this season while recovering from a knee injury sustained during the second leg of the Western Conference Final in 2013 against Real Salt Lake.
He didn’t debut until June 27, but he played in 17 of the team’s 18 matches the rest of the way, including 12 starts. Wallace finished with five goals and an assist for Portland.
Portland missed the playoffs this season, finishing one point behind the Vancouver Whitecaps for the final spot in the West.
Wallace is the first Timbers player to win MLS Comeback Player of the Year honors.
Previous winners include New England's Kevin Alston in 2013, Seattle's Eddie Johnson in 2012 and LA Galaxy's David Beckham in 2011.
- Phil Watson