With his tide-turning goal in the MLS All-Stars’ 3-2 win over Chelsea FC on Wednesday, D.C. United midfielder-forward Chris Pontius made his comeback from a broken leg this season all the more remarkable, claiming MVP honors in a triumph over the European champion.
“He’s a great guy,” said All-Star striker Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes. “It’s one of the greatest things of being on the All-Star team: You get to meet guys on the individual basis off the field as well. He’s a great individual. I got to hang out with him a little bit and I couldn’t be happier for him. He definitely deserved the game MVP.”
The strike was the third of Pontius’ career against a European side after he scored against AC Milan in 2010 and Everton last summer, both in friendlies for United at RFK Stadium.
Next up for Pontius and D.C.? United’s exhibition Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against French club Paris Saint-Germain.
NAJAR MAKES OLYMPIC DEBUT
United midfielder Andy Najar made his Olympic debut Thursday, playing the full 90 minutes for Honduras in a 2-2 draw with Morocco.
Japan upset heavy favorite Spain 1-0 in the other Group D contest. Honduras faces the desperate Spaniards on Sunday before meeting Japan on Wednesday.
My profile of Najar, who sees the Olympics as an opportunity to impress European suitors, ran in Thursday’s paper.
IBRAHIMOVIC POISED FOR PSG DEBUT
Newly signed Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to play “40 or 45 minutes” against United on Saturday, Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti said in a conference call.
PSG played to a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in New York to kick off its preseason tour of the United States.
The French side won’t be the only European club in the area Saturday — in Baltimore, English Premier League stalwarts Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur will face off at M&T Bank Stadium at 1 p.m.