Chris Pontius

D.C. United

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

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The Benny Awards have all built to this: D.C. United's most valuable player for 2014.

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 Esky Award, for the D.C. United fan favorite

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It is now time to vote for the D.C. United fans' favorite player of 2014.

The Esky Award is named for Alecko Eskandarian, former D.C. United forward whose career was cut short due to concussions. Eskandarian vaulted into fan favorite territory with his spitting out the Red Bull goal celebration, which remains one of the best goal celebrations in team history.

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

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Instead of having you vote on an obvious award, we take a look at D.C. United's current slate of Homegrown players.

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 Season Review: Chris Pontius

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Time to decide if the Party Boy gets cake or death.

Look, Chris Pontius is a good soccer player. I don't think anyone would argue otherwise. When he's healthy and at this best, he's a tremendous asset to his team, bringing sharp attacking play and a nose for goal to the table.

The trouble, of course, is that Pontius is a good soccer player plagued by bad injuries.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls staff and reader predictions

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For the first time, we have real dissent between our staff members about what will happen on Saturday.

For once, we have large disagreements between the members of the Black and Red United staff as to what will happen on Saturday. We have large wins, small wins, penalty kicks, and the team both moving on and not moving on.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Same lineup for the second leg

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D.C. United have a hole out of which to climb, but can almost the same lineup from last week do it?

D.C. United are back in action this Saturday, fighting for their playoff lives against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium. The rumors are the that Metros will be bringing close to 1,000 fans to the game, so United fans will need to be in their normal, raucous voice.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Theirry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and the MLS Playoffs

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D.C. United finally know their first round playoff opponent, and it had to be their old foe.

Late Thursday night, Bradley Wright-Phillips finally sealed the collapse of Sporting Kansas City and booked the New York Red Bulls a ticket to face D.C. United. United have to travel to New York for this game, but face an old team on very short rest.

Filibuster podcast episode 104: Montreal Impact and MLS Playoffs

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What's on tap: Goose Island Pepe Nero, Ben's bourbon concoction, apple cider and rye

The Filibuster crew are back and rounding into playoff form, getting ready for D.C. United's run towards MLS Cup. We start by talking about the 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact, including talking about Marco di Vaio's last goal in Major League Soccer, Eddie Johnson's great hold up play, and Nick DeLeon's play from the wing.

Filibuster podcast episode 103: Chicago Fire review, Tauro FC and Montreal Impact preview

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On tap tonight: Manhattan, a Gin Pontius, and Courvoisier

The Filibuster gang is back, once again, to preview and review all of D.C. United's soccer action. We start with the conference title clinching win against the Chicago Fire, in which we talk about Chris Pontius, Eddie Johnson and the team in general's composure on the ball, Nick DeLeon and Fabian Espindola's play, and more!

The Last Word on D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire: Good Enough rather than Good

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United didn't exactly put on a brilliant show, but they were the better team in the crucial moments against Chicago Saturday. That was good enough to clinch first place, but it won't be enough to make a run at MLS Cup.

The positive side of D.C. United's 2-1 win Saturday night is well-known: First place in the Eastern Conference was assured, and with it a spot in the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League (not to mention the allocation money that MLS gives out to benefit that particular cause).

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire: Video highlights, and stray thoughts from the conference-clinching win

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So, what do we think of the Black-and-Red the morning after they clinched the Eastern Conference title and a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League?

Rather than try to break down D.C. United's 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in any kind of coherent way, I'm just going to spill my thoughts on the Eastern Conference champs' clinching result onto the screen, and we'll see what happens.

D.C. United versus Houston Dynamo lineup: Perry Kitchen and Chris Pontius together again

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D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium this Sunday, a place in which they have never won.

After a somewhat unimpressive September, at least in league play, D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo on Sunday in order to get back on the right track with the playoffs soon coming.

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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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 |
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:


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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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.

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Ben Olsen wins MLS Coach of the Year, Chris Pontius fourth in Comeback Player of the Year

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After one of the biggest turnarounds in MLS history, Ben Olsen wins MLS Coach of the Year.

On the same day that stadium votes are being held to determine the team's future, D.C. United won an honor for the season that just passed. Ben Olsen, after taking the worst team in MLS last year to first place in the Eastern Conference this year, won the Coach of the Year award by large margins.

If I Had the Wings of an Eagle

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During the dog days of the season, the major question for the Black and Red heading into playoff time was the striker position. Would it be an in-form Luis Silva, or the designated player Eddie Johnson starting alongside Fabian Espindola? Due to an ill-timed injury in Houston, it is Eddie Johnson that will lead the line on Sunday next to Fabi.

Eddie Johnson

United capture Eastern Conference title with 2-1 win over Chicago

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Needing only one point to take home an improbable worst-to-first Eastern Conference title run, D.C. United did what they have been doing all season long producing wins this one of course being the most important as the Black-and-Red defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 tonight at chilly RFK Stadium. One season after producing the [.

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.

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 [.

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.

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0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City enough to clinch playoff berth for United

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D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City played to a scoreless draw last night at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C in front of 19, 308 soggy but boisterous fans. The draw was enough to send United to the playoffs and still maintain at least a six-point lead atop the Eastern Conference with just three matches to [.

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

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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.

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.

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.