Chris Pontius

D.C. United

Filibuster podcast episode 100: D.C. United on top of the Eastern Conference

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On tap tonight: Filibuster rye, Yamazaki Japanese whiskey 12 year, apple cider and bourbon

The Filibuster crew is being broadcast into your ears for the 100th time, and we have some special guests who drop by to "congratualate" us. We start out by talking about D.C. United's 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union, and we highlight Luis Silva and the performance of the defense overall.

Pontius makes 2014 league debut as Silva powers United past Union

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The Black and Red moved six points atop the table as their longest-tenured player returned to the fold after an 11-month layoff.

The rehab was supposed to last half as long, but after five months had passed, D.C. United's longest-tenured player realized nothing had changed. So he went under the knife once again, and the wait reset itself.

Freedom Kicks: DC United, MLS, and Soccer Links for 26 September 2014 - Brutality and the Beautiful Game

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Nuclear war, broken noses, "boys being boys," brain damage, sucker punches, ritual sacrifices - today's Friday Freedom Kicks explores the rougher side of soccer.

On this day, 31 years ago, thanks to a glitch in a computer, the world almost had a full-scale accidental nuclear war. Our entire planet was saved by an officer in the Soviet Air Defense Forces named Stanislav Petrov.

D.C. United versus Philadelphia Union lineup: Nick DeLeon to the bench

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With new signings pushing at his heels, will Nick DeLeon be pushed to the bench?

After securing its place in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals, D.C. United welcomes the Philadelphia Union to town. The starters, for the most part, have been the same for most of the season, where the ebb and flow of injuries and suspensions have allowed various different players to get some time without Olsen having to make many truly hard decisions.

The last word on D.C. United in CCL: Workmanlike perfection

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It was D.C. United versus Tauro FC (round 1). It was CCL. It was a win. It was smart. It was solid.

The third match of D.C. United's 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) campaign could have been 6-1 over Tauro FC in favor of the hometown team, but instead it finished 2-0 for the good guys.

D.C. United advance to CCL quarterfinals with win over Tauro FC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Needing only a draw for advancement, D.C. United did everything they needed and more to secure their place in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson each contributed a goal as D.

D.C. United advances out of CONCACAF Group play with 2-0 win

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Goals from roster players who had been out to injuries were special to see as the Black and Red moved on in CONCAChamps.

Chris Pontius had been waiting for months to be part of the D.C. United rotation, facing injury, setbacks and gradual working back into the lineup. Eddie Johnson had dealt with a concussion in training, a recovery and unfortunate recurrence of symptoms and missed his own share of games.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup preview: Chris Pontius returns to the starting lineup

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D.C. United will be without Fabian Espindola, but the Party Boy will step in.

D.C. United will take on the Chicago Fire this weekend without the services of Fabian Espindola, whose ridiculous red card was upheld. United play the Fire twice in this last part of the season, and can hopefully turn those games into East-sealing points.

Friday Freedom Kicks: DCU, MLS, and Sundry Soccer Links for 19 September 2014

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Pontius, EJ, The Korb, Magic Headband - in that order - reboarding the ship, just in time for the climax in this 2014 movie.

Arrrrgh, maties. Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

So batten down ye hatches. Shiver me timbers. 'Tis time for your Friday freedom kicks, ya scallywags!

Filibuster podcast episode 97: New York Red Bulls and D.C. United news roundup

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On tap tonight: Goose Island Oktoberfest, Rum and Coke, White Manhattan

Despite the derbis earlier in the week, the Filibuster crew is committed to providing you with a quality podcast. So we are back again, and start off with a news roundup. We talk about Samuel Inkoom, D.C. United's new signing; the injuries to Chris Rolfe and Eddie Johnson; whether D.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for Wednesday September 10th, 2014

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A little bit of United news, a lot of MLS transfer news, and then we talk about bum wine.

Intros are played out. Here are the links:

Chris Pontius on the train up to New Jersey | Instagram.com/DCUnited
Chris Pontius traveled to play a soccer game for the first time in 2014. This makes me feel like partying.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and USWNT links for Wednesday August 19th, 2014

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Waterhouse, worms, Estrada, Kemp, hockey, Swedes, CCL results, plus a frustrating thing and a sad thing! You know, a typically odd mix of links for your perusal.

You'll have plenty of opportunities to read what I think about things throughout today, so I'll shut up and make with the links:

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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and college soccer links for July 29

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Too much Freedom to summarize in just one blurb.

Our photo editing tool here at B&RU is generally automatically populated with the best recent shots related to D.C. United, but due to a glitch, we didn't get any photos from Saturday's did-it-happen-or-didn't-it friendly against Fulham. Until now.

Throwback Thursday: Watch Chris Pontius and Charlie Davies lead D.C. United to a dismantling of Chivas USA in 2011

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This game was traumatic for fans of both teams, as Chivas USA supporters watched their team get embarrassed, and United supporters watched Chris Pontius go down injured for the season. Luckily, this video only shows the former.

Pontius undergoes hamstring surgery, expected to miss 4-6 months

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By DAN KARELL

Chris Pontius will be spending another long stretch on the sidelines due to injury.

D.C. United announced on Wednesday that the midfielder had undergone surgery on his left hamstring and is expected to miss the next four to six months.

Freedom Kicks for 4 April 2014: Pontius, Simms, and Bitcoin

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Grab your coffee and let Thursday's Freedom Kicks wake you up!

I'm a little sleepy after staying up to watch the USMNT versus Mexico, so I don't have any unifying theme or witticisms this morning. Instead, I have links to interesting soccer related stories for you, so let's get into it!

Chris Pontius' DC United return delayed, recovery time could be another 8-12 weeks | MLSsoccer.

Know Your Enemy: DC United

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The real screaming eagles.

OTF's Stephen Mangat drives whatever speed he wants on the highway to the danger zone...

Somebody not that important once said, "Everybody's constantly being destroyed and rebuilding themselves, some more drastically than others." DC United fall into the "more drastically" category because after winning three games last season, they needed to go (and did go) back to the drawing board for this season.

Filibuster podcast episode 72: I don't actually want you to talk in an Irish brogue

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On tap tonight: an old fashioned, The Tradition, Guinness, and a Somersby cider.

When your team has two weeks to brood upon an opening day loss after the worst season in league history, you can get a bit of a sad show. Your friends at Filibuster are a bit sad, and so share our sadness with us.

Snap Shots – DC v Crew

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The Columbus Crew strolled into town and laid a 3-0 beat down on the "new look" D.C. United tonight at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Photos: Martin Fernandez

D.C. United trades with Seattle Sounders for Alex Caskey

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D.C. United has acquired midfielder Alex Caskey from the Seattle Sounders.

D.C. United announced today that they have acquired Alex Caskey, a midfielder who most recently played with the Seattle Sounders in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Caskey is a midfielder who can play both on the wings and out wide, and seems to have been acquired to provide more depth behind Chris Pontius, Davy Arnaud, and Nick DeLeon as well as to push Kyle Porter for the role of top wing depth.

2014 Eastern Conference preview

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How will Philadelphia Union fare this year? How about everyone else? PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out in our Eastern Conference preview.

D.C. United 2014 Countdown: Will Chris Pontius and Nick DeLeon rebound from subpar seasons?

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The new MLS season is less than two weeks away, and our countdown series is entering the home stretch.

So I'm a day or two late on this post, depending on how you look at it. Nick DeLeon will wear number 14 (a change from the 18 he wore the last two years) for D.C. United this year, and Chris Pontius will continue wearing his 13 shirt.

The Final Benny Award: The Etchy, for D.C. United's most valuable player

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We have reached the last Benny Award, so we now give the Etchy Award to D.C. United's most valuable player.

We have reached the end of the Benny Awards season, so there is only one more award to give out: The Etchy Award, given to D.C. United's most valuable player. The award is obviously named after El Diablo himself, Marco Etcheverry, who was the catalyst of those early D.

The Harkesy Award, presented to the best leader on D.C. United

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The Benny Awards are slowly coming to their conclusion, with the voting for the Harkesy Award now open.

The Harksey Award, which is the antepenultimate Benny Award, is presented to the best leader on D.C. United for the past year. It is named, of course, after former captain for life of the USMNT and D.

The Freddy Award, for the biggest story of D.C. United's 2013 season.

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Which story D.C. United's 2013 season most resonated with the fanbase? Let's find out!

The Benny Awards continue, with today's award named after one of the most infamous members of D.C. United: Freddy Adu. You all know the story of the "next Pele" who signed with MLS when he was 14 and since then has appeared on 9 different teams in the next 10 years.

Cake or Death? Looking at Chris Pontius' place with D.C. United

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With the 2013 season finally, mercifully behind us, it's time to run through the D.C. United roster and determine who should stay and eat cake and who should leave the team and find inevitable death. Week 4 of our series begins with midfielder/forward Chris Pontius.

Our Izzard-flavored roster review picks back up today after a weekend off.

The Andy Award, for D.C. United's 2013 Rookie of the Year

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The Andy Award, formerly known as the Convey Award, is given out yearly to the best rookie from that D.C. United season. After his remarkable performance during the 2010 season, the name of the award was changed due to Andy Najar putting himself into the pantheon of rookie performances and eclipsing Bobby Convey in both performance and closeness to our hearts.

D.C. United Player of the Month for September 2013 - POLL

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Even as October began with D.C. United lifting their 13th major trophy, September was a pretty grim month. The Black-and-Red failed to win a game and netted a single point - somewhat ironically, from a draw with the two-time defending MLS Cup and Supporters Shield champions, losing to our fellow cellar dwellers from Toronto and LA in the process.

Filibuster Podcast - Week 29: Dragons, Pontius, and Jakovic

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Despite the destruction it caused to one of our computers, Adam, Jason, and Ben are back in the wake of D.C. United's 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy. They talk about the importance of Chris Pontius to the team's offense, the resurgence of Nick DeLeon, and the problems facing Dejan Jakovic. They then spend some time talking about formations and which of the teams current players fit in these formations going forward (and which ones don't).

D.C. United honors Jaime Moreno with a draw against the LA Galaxy

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It started off badly. Just seven minutes into the game, D.C. United were down a goal at home against the LA Galaxy, one of the best defenses in the league. And LA played like they knew it, backing off the high pressure that kept the home side pinned into their own end to that point and allowing the Black-and-Red more time on the ball.

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy lineup: Is a diamond in our future?

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D.C. United is likely to run out in the same lineup that it has for the majority of this season: A 4-2-3-1, with two holding midfielders and a loan striker. The main decisions that Ben Olsen will have to make for this team is whether to start Connor Doyle instead of Dwayne De Rosario or to go with the double false 9 formation which has yet to provide any real goal scoring opportunities.

FIFA

Readying for DC, Hburg in Sacramento for USL PRO final, Copa America, more

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White hopes to face former club on Saturday. Harrisburg faces Sacramento in USL PRO championship final on Saturday. US-hosted 2016 Copa America added to FIFA calendar. More.

Hackworth backs Wheeler to start, more from weekly presser, on Montreal, NYRB win drops U to 7th, more news

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Highlights and reports from John Hackworth's weekly press conference. Montreal news. NYRB win over Houston drops Union to 7th in the East. More news.

Match Reports

United advances to knockout round of CONCACAF Champions League with 2-0 win over Tauro FC

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Second-half goals from Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson were more than enough to propel D.C. United into the knockout round of the 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League after their comfortable 2-0 win over Tauro FC of Panama last night at soggy RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Needing only one point to win Group 4, United had [.

United vs Houston: Mercifully, United’s season ends with 2-1 loss to Houston

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When the final whistle blew in D.C. United's season-ending 2-1 loss to the visiting Houston Dynamo this afternoon at RFK Stadium, you could sense the weight of the world lifting off the shoulders of head coach Ben Olsen. "Absolutely." was the answer Olsen gave to that particular question after the match.

United vs Galaxy: Late equalizer salvages energetic 2-2 draw with the Galaxy

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Kyle Porter's 84th minute headed goal earned D.C. United a well deserved but still unsatisfying 2-2 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy this afternoon at sunny RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Twice United fell behind the star studded Galaxy lineup but unlike any other time this season, United found the equalizing goal.

The Rest

MLS Ticker: Dunivant sidelined up to 6 weeks, Pontius travels, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In the midst of astronglate season run, the LA Galaxy have received some bad news.

Left back Todd Dunivant is expected to be out for up to six weeks with a left groin tear suffered in the Galaxy's recent 6-0 demolition of the Colorado Rapids.

Episode 140 – Willy Pap

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Join the guys as they look back at United's past couple of games, including the win against I-95 Rival New York and the draw against Columbus on the road. The boys also talk some United news and look ahead to the team's home match against league leader FC Dallas.

D.C. United player salaries released: Eddie Johnson, Chris Pontius, and Sean Franklin highest paid

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As happens every year, the MLS Players Union has released the salaries for all of the teams.

Although it happened a little earlier than normal, the MLS Players Union has released all of the MLS players' salary figures. This always leads to over-analysis based on fuzzy figures, since we don't know where allocation money plays into any of this.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for Tuesday 11 February 2014

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Today it's all American soccer, all the time.

Good morning, DMV. Here are your Tuesday morning Freedom Kicks.

Bill Hamid has no offseason | MLSsoccer.com
Pablo Maurer catches up with United's first-choice 'keeper, who really hasn't stopped moving since the end of last season.

Piecing DCU's attacking puzzle pieces together | FOX Sports
Kyle McCarthy looks at United's various attacking pieces - newcomers Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola along with holdovers Chris Pontius, Luis Silva, Nick DeLeon, Conor Doyle and more - and asks whether and how they'll improve on the Black-and-Red's dismal attack in 2013.