MOMENT 5: Kevin Alston returns to the pitch following leukemia diagnosis.
Back in March, veteran Revolution defender Kevin Alston was just as focused as his fellow teammates were on getting the club to the postseason for the first time since 2009.
A consistent contributor, Alston started the club’s first four games at left back. But after he was forced to leave in the 88th minute of a Mar. 30 contest vs. FC Dallas, his career – not to mention his life – would take an unexpected turn.
On Apr. 8, the club announced that the dependable defender was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a rare but treatable form of leukemia. He took a leave of absence to undergo treatment.
But Alston was never far from Foxboro. He was regularly spotted at Gillette Stadium on gameday, and often watched training from the sidelines.
He returned to training in late-June, and stepped back onto the pitch on Jul. 27 at D.C. United in front of family and friends. He went on to a play total of nine games in 2013, and started in the postseason-clinching 1-0 win at Columbus on Oct. 27.
In November, he was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year.