"You don't want to go on the road in the first round and play a play-in game," Pontius said. "It's not a place you want to be at."
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"He brings a calmness in the midfield," veteran Chris Pontius said. "He's always an option, he's always an outlet, and I think his vision is pretty spectacular."
Michael Farfan stabilizing D.C. United's midfield following return from Mexico →