NEW YORK --
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia has been voted Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year.
The 29-year-old did not appear in any league matches while with Real Salt Lake from 2010-11, then played in six matches with Chivas USA from 2012 until he was waived on July 10, 2014, with a career record of 0-4-1.
Signed by Sporting Kansas City as a backup to Luis Marin, Chile's starter at the 2010 World Cup, Melia started the team's ninth league match this season and won the job. He had shutouts in six of his first nine starts and wound up starting 23 league games.
Melisa received 57 percent of a possible 300 percent in weighted ballots added from team, media and player votes, the league said Wednesday. Portland midfielder Diego Valeri was second with 52 percent and Columbus midfielder Wil Trapp third with 37 percent.
"Comeback Player of the Year is an individual award, but so much of the credit has to go to my teammates," Melia said on Twitter. "I look forward to building off this past season and helping the club win many trophies in the future."