Kevin Alston took a major step toward making a full comeback from cancer treatment on Monday when the New England Revolution removed him from the disabled list. Alston, 25, will be eligible for selection for Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rapids and is among the 18 players that will travel for the match.
"We're very pleased for Kevin that his treatment has progressed and he's returned to the field," Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a team release. "From the outset, Kevin was committed to getting back and has maintained an incredibly positive attitude."
Alston has not played since March 30, shortly after which he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a rare but treatable form of leukemia. He has been training with the Revolution since early July.
What will be interesting is how quickly Alston is brought back into the regular rotation. The Revolution have actually played reasonably well in his absence, going 5-4-2 and moving to within five points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Making it even tougher is that the Revolution have been getting pretty good play out of the fullback tandem of Andrew Farrell and Chris Tierney.
Farrell, the No. 1 pick in the SuperDraft, actually opened the season as the starting right back and has established himself as one of the favorites to win Rookie of the Year. Alston was moved to left back for the first four matches of the season, but Tierney has reclaimed that spot after starting there most of the last two seasons. His three assists are third on the team and the Revolution have outscored their opponents, 19-14, in his 12 starts.