Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson has capped a memorable year in MLS by scooping the MLS 2012 Comeback Player of the Year award announced today for the second time.
He won narrowly from DC United’s Chris Pontius with a weighted total of 94.73 to Pontius 83.74.
Johnson handily won both the journalists’ and the player’s portions of the vote but trailed the United midfielder among front office voters by a 2-1 margin.
Johnson also won the award in 2007 while a Kansas City player.
“I would like the entire Sounders organization for giving me this opportunity in Seattle,” said Johnson in a club press 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.”
Alan Gordon of San Jose came in third in a year which saw him feature in a US international squad. Two players recovering from season long injuries in 2011, FC Dallas Davide Ferreira and Sounders FC’s Steve Zakuani came in fourth and fifth.
2012 Comeback Player of the Year: Eddie Johnson – Seattle Sounders FC
After struggling to find consistency for three years playing in Europe, Eddie Johnson returned to Major League Soccer to join Seattle Sounders FC ahead of the 2012 season. The move resurrected Johnson’s career for both club and country.
Johnson regained his form this season, scoring 14 goals and recording three assists in 28 games played to help the Sounders FC reach the MLS Cup playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. In October, Johnson received his first United States national team call up since May 2010. He scored two decisive goals against Antigua and Barbuda, which propelled the U.S. into the hexagonal round of World Cup Qualifying.
This is Eddie Johnson’s second Comeback Player of the Year award. He previously received the honor in 2007 when he scored 15 goals for the Kansas City Wizards after only scoring twice in the season prior.
The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were D.C United midfielder Chris Pontius and San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon. Below is a breakdown of the voting for the top five candidates:
|Player (Club)||% of Club Votes||% of Media Votes||% of Player Votes||Weighted Total|
|Eddie Johnson (SEA)||22.81||37.88||34.04||94.73|
|Chris Pontius (DC)||40.35||24.24||19.15||83.74|
|Alan Gordon (SJ)||10.53||13.64||9.57||33.74|
|David Ferreira (DAL)||5.26||9.09||6.38||20.73|
|Steve Zakuani (SEA)||3.51||6.06||7.45||17.02|
MLS Comeback Player of the Year Winners:
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