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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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.