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In his first MLS season as a professional coach, Caleb Porter led the Timbers to a 14-5-15 record and the number one seed in the Western Conference. The club’s five losses tied the MLS record for fewest losses in a 34-game regular season. Porter guided the Timbers to a 15-game unbeaten streak this season – the longest by a first-year head coach in MLS – and 23-point turnaround from the 2012 season
Among first-year MLS coaches all-time, Porter ranks first in shutouts (15), second in points (57) and fourth in winning percentage (.632). Under Porter’s guidance, the Timbers registered an MLS-record, 43-goal turnaround in goal differential compared to the 2012 season while posting a season-high, plus-21 goal differential in 2013
The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were New York Red Bulls’ Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake’s Jason Kreis.
2013 Comeback Player of the Year: Kevin Alston – New England RevolutionKevin Alston stepped away from soccer in early April after starting every game for which he was available in the first four years of his MLS career. After seeking medical attention, Alston was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a rare but treatable form of leukemia.
While there is no cure for CML, Alston endured four-and-a-half months of treatment before returning to the field on July 27. Alston played in five of the Revolution’s last 14 regular season matches – including the final three games -- helping New England secure a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009.
The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were Philadelphia Union forward Conor Casey and Seattle Sounders FC forward Lamar Neagle.