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After cancer bout, Alston named MLS Comeback Player of the Year

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New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year after returning following leukemia treatment.

NEW YORK (AP) — New England defender Kevin Alston has been voted Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year after returning from treatment for leukemia.

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 University, received 99.8 percent of weighted 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.

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