Midfielder Chris Pontius, who became the Union's leading goal-scorer after being acquired last offseason from D.C. United, has been named Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year.

Pontius scored a team-high 12 goals, tying his personal best. He also had a career-high six assists and helped the Union earn their second playoff berth in their seven-year history.

The award was voted on by MLS club management, media and current players. The other finalists were New York City FC's Frank Lampard and Orlando City's Kevin Molino.

In 2014, Pontius missed most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery. He did return to play six late-season games. The next season, Pontius had three goals and one assist in 23 games for D.C. United.

In a statement released by the team, Pontius thanked the Union's management team of sporting director Earnie Stewart, technical director Chris Albright, and coach Jim Curtin.

"This season would not have been possible without Chris Albright, Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin and the belief they have in me to continue to play at a high level," Pontius said. "I appreciate the opportunity they gave me this season here in Philadelphia. A big thank you to my teammates for a tremendous season."​