Chris Pontius (soccer)
|Full name||Christopher Richard Pontius|
|Date of birth||May 12, 1987|
|Place of birth||Yorba Linda, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder
|2005–2008||UC Santa Barbara Gauchos|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 4, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Youth and college
Pontius attended Servite High School, and played club soccer with the Irvine Strikers, who he helped win the Nomads College Showcase in 2005. He played college soccer at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was named Big West Offensive Player of the Year in 2007, and Hermann Trophy candidate in 2008. Chris was also a part of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at UCSB.
Pontius was drafted in the first round (7th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United. He made his professional debut, and scored his first professional goal, on 22 March 2009, in DC's first game of the 2009 MLS season against Los Angeles Galaxy. On May 23, 2010 Pontius scored DC's 2nd goal in the 3-2 victory against Italian giants A.C. Milan. On July 25, 2012 he scored the MLS All-Star's 2nd goal against Chelsea F.C. to equalize their eventual 3-2 win. Also in 2012, Pontius emerged as DC United's leading goal scorer with 10 goals through the first 27 league matches. On September 14, 2012, DC United announced Pontius' signing to a long-term contract extension with the club (terms of the extension are as yet undisclosed).
On December 22, 2009, Pontius received his first call up to train with the senior US national team. Training in Carson, California began for Pontius and the other players called up on January 4, 2010, leading up to a friendly match against Chile. On August 29, 2011, Pontius was called up by the US National Team for friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.
|Club||Season||MLS||MLS Cup||US Open Cup||CONCACAF||Total|
UC Santa Barbara
- Big West Offensive Player of the Year 2007
- Herman Trophy Semi-Finalist 2008
- All-Star: 2012
- All-Star MVP: 2012
- MLS Best XI: 2012