[MLS AWARDS]Forward Eddie Johnson, who scored a club record 14 goals for the Seattle Sounders in his first season back in MLS after four undistinguished seasons in Europe, was voted 2012 MLS Comeback Player of the Year.
Johnson finished sixth in the Golden Boot race and helped the Sounders reach the Western Conference Championship for the first time in club history. He led the league with nine header goals.
"I would like the entire Sounders organization for giving me this opportunity in Seattle," said Johnson. "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, 28, capped his comeback season by scoring both goals goals for the USA in its 2-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda in World Cup qualifying and adding an assist in the 3-1 win over Guatemala.
MLS Comeback Player of the Year:
2012: Eddie Johnson – Seattle Sounders
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