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Sounders' Eddie Johnson named 2012 MLS Comeback Player of the Year

The forward bounced back from struggles overseas to score a franchise-record 14 goal in 2012.

George Frey

Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson was named the 2012 MLS Comeback Player of the Year on Tuesday, according to an announcement by the club.

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.