The Washington Times - September 14, 2012, 11:08AM

D.C. United on Friday announced All-Star midfielder-forward Chris Pontius has signed a new long-term contract that will keep him in the nation’s capital.

Pontius, 25, leads United with 10 goals this season. In his fourth year, the California native is United’s longest-tenured player.

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In July, he earned All-Star Game Most Valuable Player honors after notching a goal and an assist in the MLS squad’s 3-2 win over European champion Chelsea FC. Pontius also was a 2009 Rookie of the Year finalist and has been called up to the U.S. national team twice, in January 2010 and September 2011.

“We are thrilled to have agreed to terms with Chris on a new deal,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper in a statement. “Whether playing at midfield or forward, Chris has become one of the most dangerous attacking players in Major League Soccer. His best soccer is still to come and this is exciting for the club, our fans, and our community. We look forward to his contributions, on and off the field, for years to come.”

Added Pontius: “I’m obviously very happy today. D.C. has been very good to me — the organization, the fans, and the community — and I’m committed to bringing this team back to where it needs to be.”

Pontius this season was making a base salary of $155,000. Per club and league policy, terms of the new deal were not disclosed.