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Photo by: CRAIG BISACRE
D.C. midfielder-forward Chris Pontius (second from left), disputing a red card against Andy Najar during Saturday’s 1-1 tie with New York, scored 12 goals this season, making him a strong candidate for MLS Comeback Player of the Year. Pontius’ 2011 campaign ended with a broken leg. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

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