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November 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson named 2012 MLS Comeback Player of the Year

johnson mug 2012.jpgI guess you can call it a comeback.

In a somewhat controversial announcement, Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson has been named 2012 MLS Comeback Player of the Year. The 28-year-old forward set a franchise record with 14 goals in his return to the league after some difficulty in Europe; he wasn’t coming off an injury of any kind.

Johnson, who has also returned to the U.S. men’s national team picture, carried the media vote (37.88 percent) and the player vote (34.04) to claim a 94.73 weighted total. D.C. United’s Chris Pontius, who was coming back from a broken leg, led the club vote (40.35) and finished second overall with a 83.74.

Alan Gordon of San Jose finished third (33.74), followed by FC Dallas star David Ferreira (20.73) and Seattle’s Steve Zakuani (17.02).

“I would like the entire Sounders organization for giving me this opportunity in Seattle,” Johnson said in a news release. “This was a fun and exciting year and I share this award with my coaches and teammates for pushing me to be the best player I can be.”

Johnson also won the award in 2007, making him the second two-time winner (Chris Klein: 2005, 2002). That “comeback” five years ago was also non-injury-related. The forward said a month ago that the award wouldn’t mean that much to him.

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MLS Comeback Player of the Year

2012: Eddie Johnson – Seattle Sounders FC

2011: David Beckham – Los Angeles Galaxy

2010: Bobby Convey – San Jose Earthquakes

2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA

2008: Kenny Cooper – FC Dallas

2007: Eddie Johnson – Kansas City Wizards

2006: Richard Mulrooney – FC Dallas

2005: Chris Klein – Kansas City Wizards

2004: Brian Ching – San Jose Earthquakes

2003: Chris Armas – Chicago Fire

2002: Chris Klein – Kansas City Wizards

2001: Troy Dayak – San Jose Earthquakes

2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards

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