Beckham voted MLS comeback player of year

November 14, 2011 - 4:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — David Beckham has been voted Major League Soccer's comeback player of the year and Bruce Arena has earned coach of the year as the Los Angeles Galaxy swept both awards.

After missing most of the 2010 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, Beckham had 15 assists as the Galaxy finished with the league's best regular-season record. He received 59.76 percent of voting by media, players and club officials announced Monday, with the percentage of each group totaled.

DC United forward Charlie Davies, joining MLS after serious injuries in an October 2009 car crash, was second with 57.81 percent following by Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro with 41.52 percent.

Arena became the first three-time winner of the coach award, following 1997 with D.C. United and 2009 with the Galaxy.

Seattle's Sigi Schmid and Kansas City's Peter Vermes trailed Arena.