Chris Pontius

D.C. United

Chris Pontius the late hero in United's 1-0 win over LA Galaxy

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A draw looked inevitable after 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, but Pontius netted in the third minute of stoppage to hand United all three points

After last weekend's poor performance, D.C. United got just the result they were looking for, beating the LA Galaxy 1-0 at RFK Stadium, with Chris Pontius netting the winner in the third minute of second half stoppage.

D.C. United versus LA Galaxy lineup: Not much change to be had, unless its in formation

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With limited options, there isn't much change to Ben Olsen's lineup versus the LA Galaxy.

After a stinging loss to the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United must face another old foe as the LA Galaxy come to town this Saturday. With a number of players still injured or suspended, Ben Olsen will have much of the same options as he did last weekend; they will just have to find themselves in better positions and with better ideas in order to pull the full three points.

D.C. United stumble against New York Red Bulls, lose first game of season.

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United were soundly defeated by Red Bulls, who were paced in 2-0 win by goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Llyod Sam

With 2014 playoff disappointment still fresh in their minds, D.C. United headed up to Red Bull Arena on Sunday looking for a measure of revenge against bitter rivals, New York Red Bulls.

Miguel Aguilar already stepping in to make mark in United's lineup

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The former San Francisco Don has already carved a niche out with the Black-and-Red

Chris Pontius. Perry Kitchen. Nick DeLeon. Steve Birnbaum. Not only some of the more recognizable names on D.C. United's roster, the quartet that started the 2015 MLS season opening game against Montreal all have another thing in common: drafted in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft by the Black-and-Red.

D.C. United sign 2015 SuperDraft pick Aguilar

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Midfielder Miguel Aguilar was the 17th overall pick, from the University of San Francisco

D.C. United announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had come to terms on a contract with their first round pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, midfielder Miguel Aguilar, from the University of San Francisco.

Chris Rolfe and Bill Hamid star as D.C. United downs FC Dallas to win the ATX Pro Challenge - Recap + Highlights

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A wonderful goal from Rolfe brightened an otherwise drab match as United won itself their first-ever trophy featuring an armadillo that is also a cowboy.

No one would go so far as to call it an eye-catching performance, but D.C. United won the ATX Pro Challenge final by defeating FC Dallas 1-0 today in Austin, TX.

Countdown to soccer: 13 days - Will Chris Pontius be a forward or a midfielder?

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With 13 days before D.C. United's 2015 season begins, we look at where the Party Boy will bring the party this year.

Hey, guess what. Chris Pontius is not injured right now. In fact, he's suited up for all three of D.C. United's preseason games so far, starting up top with Fabian Espindola.

Filibuster podcast episode 118: D.C. United preseason, new jersey, MLS collective bargaining

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On tap tonight: White Russian, Black Dog, Bulleit

Despite some technical difficulties that eventually cost us Jason, the Filibuster crew is dedicated to its craft. We start off by talking about D.C. United's preseason losses and whether or not we should be worried by them. We then talk about the positioning of Chris Pontius and whether he is going to feature more as a forward or as a winger, how Markus Halsti has looked so far, and players such as Bill Hamid and Luis Silva returning from injuries.

Countdown to soccer: 18 days - Will D.C. United need another in-season talent infusion to thrive in 2015?

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D.C. United started the 2014 season slowly until they acquired Chris Rolfe. Can the Black-and-Red set out on the right foot this year, or will 2015 bring a repeat and an early-season trade?

Think back to early March of last year. United had started the season winless in three games, and despite generally looking better than the hellscape that was 2013, Ben Olsen's side was still missing something, particularly going forward.

Filibuster podcast episode 117: D.C. United vs. Orlando City SC, USMNT vs. Chile

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On tap tonight: Heavy Seas Deep Six, Trader Joes Ruby Red Chai, Port City Optimal Wit

Despite being out on vacation, my dedication to bringing you this podcast knows no bounds. This week, Jason, Adam, and Leanne are back to talk about the beginning of D.C. United's preseason. They start by talking about D.

Pontius scores as D.C. United ties Orlando City SC 1-1 in 2015's first preseason match - Recap + Highlights

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Missing several regulars, United took a deserved lead via Chris Pontius, but let up a soft goal in the second half to draw with the expansion Lions.

D.C. United opened the 2015 preseason tonight with 1-1 draw against MLS newcomers Orlando City SC. Chris Pontius gave the Black-and-Red an early lead with a superb diving header, but the Lions would equalize via new signing Carlos Rivas midway through the second half.

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.

Match Reports

Defensive miscues fuels Red Bull 2-0 win at home over United

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The narrative going through the first month or so of D.C. United's 2015 MLS campaign was who was going to score goals with the extended absences of Fabian Espindola (11 goals in 2014), Luis Silva (11 goals) and Eddie Johnson (7 goals). This afternoon in their road opener at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New [.

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 [.

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 [.

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 [.

Ben Olsen

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.

The Rest

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.