D.C. United’s Mike Chabala quickly finding his niche after trade

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“I remember being the new guy in the city,” recalled Pontius, now in his fourth year with United. “I wanted to make him feel welcome and get him integrated into the group as quickly as possible.”

Although Chabala is growing accustomed to his new surroundings, finding a place to live remains on the back burner.

With Woolard sidelined indefinitely and no other natural left back on the roster, Chabala figures to be busy as United kick off a stretch of five matches in 13 days Sunday against the Philadelphia Union (7-12-2).

“You’ve got to go through the rain clouds to find the sunshine, if you will,” Chabala said. “But really, the experiences that I’ve gathered along the way, from one spectrum to the other, is making me a better player, a better person, a better teammate.”

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