Alston diagnosed with leukemia, will take leave of absence from Revs

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New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston will take a leave of absence from the team  in order to undergo treatment for leukemia after being diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).

Alston’s treatment is not expected to require hospitalization. He is expected to return to the Revs in the future.

The 24-year-old Alston was in his fifth season with the Revs, and had settled in as a starting left back after playing at right back for most of his first four seasons with New England.

Alston had started four matches this season for the Revs, and recent surpassed the 10,000 minutes-played mark for New England.

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19 Responses to Alston diagnosed with leukemia, will take leave of absence from Revs

  1. JAY NT says:


    wish him the best

  2. Erik says:

    Sad news for Alston. Hope he has a speedy recovery and returns to the field soon.

  3. DCLee says:

    Thoughts and prayers sent out to Kevin and his family! Hope he beats this and gets back on the field shortly. Definitely puts things into perspective.

  4. shane says:

    Terrible news. My prayers and thoughts for a full recovery.

  5. Vic says:

    Very sad. Best wishes for a full recovery.

  6. :'( My thoughts are with him

  7. NE Matt says:

    We love you Kevin. Get well soon buddy!

  8. Mike V. says:

    Wow. Cancer is a scary thing endure. It will put life into prespective for him but luckily the prognosis for CML is usually good. I’m sure Alston will get top care and be back on the field at some point. My heart goes out to him. The next few months will be tough but I’m sure he’s as hardnosed and determined off the pitch as he is on it.

  9. slowleftarm says:

    Good luck Kevin

  10. 20 says:

    scary news to hear, I’ve always been a big fan of Kevin and wish him all the best. Hope to see you back in a Revs shirt soon

  11. Will says:

    As a fellow CML patient, I can say with confidence that usually, the prognosis is relatively good. Gleevec advanced the treatment of CML greatly and now, with proper medication, life expectancy and standard of living are relatively normal. Definitely terrible news, but luckily, it should be treatable.

  12. PSU says:

    Hope the treatment goes well and he has a speedy recovery.

  13. Old School says:

    Really like him as a player but this is bigger than the game of soccer.

    Speedy and long lasting recovery, Kevin.

  14. The Imperative Voice says:

    Scary, had a relative die of leukemia. But it sounds like knowledge and treatment have evolved in the direction of increased survival.

  15. NY supporter says:

    Agree with Will – terrible news but treatmetn has advanced a lot. Best of luck Kevin – your in our thoughts.

  16. beto says:

    Great player hope to hear about his return soon

  17. Mac says:

    Great player with a brighter future. Best of luck KA beat this thing so you can come back to the cheers of the fort.

  18. Hogatroge says:

    Well, if you have to have leukemia, CML is the best kind to have because there is a highly effective pharmaceutical treatment for it (2nd generation derivatives of a drug known as Gleevac). Sure, he’ll have to take pills every day for the rest of his life, but after emotionally processing his condition, the outlook is positive.

    Source: friend has CML

  19. barnie says:

    A player i’ve always liked. Have a speedy recovery Kevin, hope to see you back on the field real soon.