Chris Pontius (soccer)
Pontius dribbling against Ajax in May 2011
|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|
|2001–2004||Servite High School|
|2005–2008||UC Santa Barbara Gauchos|
|2008||Ventura County Fusion||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 31, 2015.
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 Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2007, and Hermann Trophy candidate in 2008. In 2006, Pontius and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos won the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.
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 March 22, 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).
Pontius has had a career riddled with injuries. In September 2010, he had a hamstring injury that required surgery and ended his season. Again in 2011, his season ended early with a fractured tibia. In 2012, his first injury free season since his debut, he scored a career high 12 goals. Injuries again plagued Pontius in 2013 and he only played in 22 of the 34 matches that year. D.C. United announced in April 2014, that Pontius would again undergo hamstring surgery and would likely miss most of the 2014 season. Pontius eventually returned to the lineup as a substitute on September 10, 2014 with a mere 8 games left in the regular season.
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.
- As of January 7, 2015
|Club||Season||MLS||MLS Cup||US Open Cup||CONCACAF||Total|
- UC Santa Barbara
- D.C. United
- Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year (1): 2007
- MLS All-Star (1): 2012
- MLS All-Star MVP (1): 2012
- MLS Best XI (1): 2012
- EXCITING CHANGES FOR OPENING DAY at the Wayback Machine (archived December 20, 2008)
- "MLS Combine Initial Participants List" (PDF). USLSoccer.com. December 11, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
- Golf, Steven (April 23, 2013). "Chris Pontius of DC United will miss four to size more months after hamstring surgery". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
- Maurer, Pablo (September 11, 2014). "D.C. United take heart from long-awaited Chris Pontius return in acrid defeat to New York Red Bulls". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- Chris Pontius profile at Soccerway
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