Ex-Hoosier Alston on leave with leukemia

Former IU soccer standout Kevin Alston, now a member of the MLS’ New England Revolution, is taking an indefinite leave of absence after being diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, the team announced Monday.

Alston will undergo treatment for the rare but treatable disease. It is not expected to require hospitalization, and he expects to return to the team in the future, according to the release, which also said that Alston and his family have requested privacy at this time.

“The Revolution fully supports Kevin as he begins treatment,” New England general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “Right now, the most important thing for Kevin, and his family, is to concentrate on returning to full health. Kevin’s had a tremendous attitude since the diagnosis and his positivity is an inspiration for all of us.”

Alston was a two-time All-Big Ten player for the Hoosiers in 2007 and 2008, then was selected by the Revolution with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He was a 2010 MLS All-Star and had started the first four games of the 2013 season at left back for the Revolution.

Fans wishing to send Alston get-well messages and thoughts can email [email protected] or tag tweets with #GetWellKA.

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