Chris Pontius

D.C. United

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.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC Match Center - MLS Week 25

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All of our coverage of this week's game in one convenient spot.

As D.C. United's season enters the final third of the year, you start to see a few glimmers of hope for next year. The absolute despair of June has now begun to pass, as the fans move through the five stages of grief and because there are now a few players on the team that might actually be able to contribute on a good D.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC lineup: Conor Doyle as a winger?

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As D.C. United's season enters the final third of the year, you start to see a few glimmers of hope for next year. The absolute despair of June has now begun to pass, as the fans move through the five stages of grief and because there are now a few players on the team that might actually be able to contribute on a good D.

Fire v DC United USOC semi-final preview

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The Fire resume their quest for a fifth US Open Cup title against DC United and it probably won't be as easy as last month's 4-1 victory over their old rivals from the early days of MLS. In that match a second minute strike from Chris Rolfe and another from Joel Lindpere nine minutes later buried the visitors early.

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact lineups: Last tuneup before the U.S. Open Cup

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With only three days between this game and the U.S. Open Cup semifinal in Chicago, it is more than proper to declare the game against the Montreal Impact a tuneup. For certain players, perhaps like John Thorrington, that might mean that minutes will be managed, allowing him to be fresh for that upcoming contest.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution Lineup: Back to Townsend?

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After a drubbing in Chicago, D.C. United returns to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium to take on the New England Revolution this Saturday. They will try to earn points without the services of Chris Pontius, who has not yet been in training this week, and likely without the services of Dwayne De Rosario, who is coming back from injury.

Fire 4 DC United 1 - recap and ratings

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Well, it was only DC United but you still have to beat the opponent in front of you. The Fire did just that with a resounding 4-1 beat down of the league's bottom dwellers. Joel Lindpere enjoyed his best outing in a Fire uniform and Chris Rolfe scored his 3rd and 4th goals of the season to secure the win.

Know Your Enemy: DC United #2

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This about sums it up. (photo: washingtonpost.com)

OTF's Stephen Mangatbrings you the (not so) shocking revelations about the Dirty Birds' futility...

There's a classic South Park episode in which PETA forces South Park Elementary to get rid of the cow as the schoolmascot.

The Last Word: Introducing D.C. United Bingo

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After a few weeks of holding its own against mid- to lower-tier MLS teams, D.C. United met a good one on Wednesday night. They met a good one in the Seattle Sounders, and despite putting forth a pretty disjointed offensive effort, the Sounders still had no problem putting away United. Seattle prevailed 2-0 through two entirely avoidable Obafemi Martins goals and United's free-fall towards all-time worst MLS records continues.

Oba Martins Brace Beats DC United

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After a disappointing loss to RSL and a week off Sounders were more than ready for DC United, a cellar dwellar in MLS 2013, when they came to Seattle on the eve of Independence Day.

DC United were without Dwayne DeRosario, who was out with a hip flexor strain, and not available. DeRo has had notable success against Sounders, both with Toronto FC & DC United, and his absence ensures that Chris Pontius would receive the bulk of attention from the Sounders defense.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders lineup: Resting some players, trying some players

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After their fairly typical loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, D.C. United must now travel across the country on short rest to take on the Seattle Sounders. That means the starting statuses of John Thorrington, Dwayne De Rosario, Chris Pontius, and Nick DeLeon are all up in the air. That also means that Ben Olsen might have to use some unconventional lineup choices in order to get through the slew of games that are scheduled before the Gold Cup starts in earnest.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps lineup: Is United bouncing up from the bottom of the barrel?

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After a win against the San Jose Earthquakes in league play, and the intervening win against the New England Revolution in the US Open Cup, D.C. United is one win away from a bona fide winning streak. Its not going to take the stink off of the season, but it would be nice for the team not to finish in last place in the league.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution lineup: US Open Cup edition

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D.C. United's chance to salvage anything at all out of this season continues tomorrow night at 7:00 at the Maryland SoccerPlex. There they will take on the New England Revolution in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup. As we have mentioned, this is all that D.C. United has left and so they will throw everything that they have into this game.

D.C. United 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes - Score and Recap: IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED WE WON A GAME!!

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It's actually really bad and more than just a little bit embarrassing that this feels a little bit like Christmas, but screw it. I'm excited that D.C. United finally won a game. Thanks to a strong second half performance from goalkeeper Bill Hamid and an 11th minute penalty from Chris Pontius, the Black-and-Red are 1-0 winners tonight over the defending Supporters' Shield Champions.

Match Reports

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.

United vs Seattle: Depleted United fall to Sounders 2-0

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Obafemi Martins scored both goals tonight as the Seattle Sounders took care of business in their 2-0 win over D.C. United at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. Once again United were powerless on offense getting shut out for the 11th time in 18th matches this season and the 7th time in 8 road matches.

U.S. Open Cup: United roll to semi-finals with 3-1 win over New England

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D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario hasn't had the best of seasons so far in 2013, at least in Major League Soccer. Get him in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament and we're talking something completely different. De Rosario scored the game-winning goal in United's 3-1 win this evening over the visiting New England [.

United vs. San Jose: Winless streak comes to an end with 1-0 win over Earthquakes

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Chris Pontius' eleventh-minute penalty kick conversion held up for the remainder of the match as D.C. United defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at RFK Stadium this evening. The victory snaps a winless streak that began on March 16th and continued for three-and-a-half months. Photo: Martin Fernandez.

The Rest

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.

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.

Open Cup Collapse

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Revolution head coach Jay Heaps, seen here in a Jun. 12 Open Cup tilt vs. New York, fielded a strong lineup in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to D.C. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Apparently, the Revolution forgot to pack something before departing for D.C. on Tuesday. Namely, their scoring boots.