This marks the second time that the 28-year-old Johnson has won the award, joining Chris Klein -- who received the honor in 2002 and 2005 -- as the only two-time winners. While the award is typically given to a player who is coming back from an injury, Johnson is not returning from an injury of any type. After struggling in Europe, he scored a franchise-record 14 goals in his return to the league.
Johnson received 37.88 percent of the media vote and 34.04 percent of the player vote for a 94.73 weighted total. He nudged out D.C. United's Chris Pontius, who was coming back from a broken leg, and finished second in the voting with a 83.74 weighted total. Alan Gordon of the San Jose Earthquakes finished third in the voting.