Fourteen months after a broken leg derailed a career year for Chris Pontius, the D.C. United attacker has been rewarded for coming back better than ever in 2012.
Pontius on Monday was named to the MLS Best XI, capping a season in which the 25-year-old led United to the club’s first playoff berth since 2007, notching 12 goals and four assists while playing as a wide midfielder and forward.
The All-Star Game MVP is joined on the Best XI by Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin and Graham Zusi; San Jose’s Victor Bernardez and Chris Wondolowski; Los Angeles’ Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane; Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso; and New York’s Thierry Henry.
Pontius also is a finalist for the Comeback Player of the Year honor, which will be announced Tuesday.
For your reading pleasure, check out my in-depth profile of Pontius from earlier this month, as well as my feature on Zusi (a University of Maryland product) from October.