Chris Pontius named MLS Comeback Player of the Year

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After moving from one Eastern Conference side to another, Chris Pontius proved his worth in 2016 and earned a league honor to boot.

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Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday that the Philadelphia Union midfielder earned MLS Comeback Player of the Year honors after dazzling in his first season with the club.

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Pontius, 29, totaled led the team in goals (12) and added six assists for Jim Curtin’s side, which made the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history.

The California native joined the Union in 2016 after spending the previous seven seasons in MLS with D.C. United.

New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard and Orlando City’s Kevin Molino finished second and third, respectively, in the award’s voting.