It was announced yesterday that Fire forward Brian McBride has been nominated as a finalist for the 2009 MLS Comeback Player of the Year award.
McBride, who is competing with D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen and Chivas USA keeper Zach Thornton for the award, lead the Fire in scoring with seven goals this season despite missing eight weeks with a torn right labrum.
Finalists for the award, which will be handed out on November 10th, were determined by the votes of MLS players, general managers, coaches, referees and media. Personally, I'm not really sure why McBride is nominated for the award. To be sure, Brian had a good season but I wouldn't call it a 'comeback,' as the Arlington Heights native enjoyed a good return season to MLS in 2008 -- recording six goals and two assists in just 14 games.
All the same, it's good to see Brian get recognized for his efforts and I'm sure he is proud of receiving the honor. I would be surprised if he won (both Thornton and Olsen came back from more significant setbacks than McBride's mid-season injury) but to be named as a finalist is an accomplishment in itself.
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