It was announced this morning that Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has won the 2011 MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award. Beckham had to recover from an Achilles tear in 2010 which kept him out most of the season. He was able to come back and have a career year in 2011.
Beckham went six months without playing competitive soccer, with an injury that can take up to eight months to recover. He was kept completely out of World Cup consideration, and didn’t really have his form when he returned to play against the Columbus Crew.
"I’ve never been out of the game for such a long time," Beckham said at the time. "It’s been a quick recovery and I’m happy with that. I thought I was ready for 90 minutes four months ago but after 10 minutes on the field, I felt like I was dying."
This year, Beckham has been a force in MLS. The Galaxy finished with the second high point total in MLS history (67) and that’s in large thanks to Beckham’s career high 15 assists in 26 games and earned selection to the MLS best XI. The Galaxy went 10-1-3 when Beckham’s name appeared on the scoresheet.