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Topic - Chris Pontius
There are eleven newcomers on the roster as United opens its season against the Columbus Crew Saturday at R.F.K. Stadium.
At 3-24-7, United became the first MLS club to win fewer than four games. Their 0.65 goals per game average is the lowest the league has seen. The minus-37 goal differential tied for the all-time worst.
Dear RG3, we like it that you say what's on your mind and you do so diplomatically. You aren't a clod about it. Please don't lose that trait. Just cool it for the rest of this preseason.
The victory was the first for D.C. United (2-11-3) since March 9 and snapped a club record 13-game winless streak.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann calls Hamid and 23-year-old Chicago Fire shot-stopper Sean Johnson "our future goalkeepers that we monitor, that we nurture, that we help in their development," noting that the national team coaches "want to always keep them connected to us."
D.C. United still sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with just one win on the 2013 campaign. But for the first time in more than two months, the club managed to avoid defeat Sunday.
Five years ago, Kyle Porter's anonymity evaporated. That tends to happen when a soccer player takes his career to a top-flight club in Germany — even an 18-year-old prospect whose only action would come in reserve matches.
United, who open the 2013 season with a conference final rematch at the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, began pursuing Ruiz after he scored for Guatemala in a 3-1 loss to the United States in October.
The MLS playoffs have been full of twists and turns for D.C. United. After a poor second-half performance against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, the club will have to find yet another memorable moment if it wants to play for this year's championship.
It's tough to imagine Chris Pontius lagging behind. But sometimes, the man just can't keep up.
In the world of soccer, conventional wisdom says a draw at home is far from ideal. When it comes to a two-game, total-goals series, in fact, the result can be downright disheartening.
A raucous RFK Stadium crowd may have witnessed the theatrics of postseason soccer for the first time in five years Saturday, but neither D.C. United nor the New York Red Bulls seemed well cast as playoff contenders. When all was said and done, United and the Red Bulls found themselves deadlocked 1-1 after the first leg of their two-game, total-goals Eastern Conference semifinal.
Going into D.C. United's regular-season finale Saturday with postseason seeding at stake, Chris Pontius knew what he wanted. It definitely wasn't a match in the knockout round. And it wasn't a playoff date with Houston or Chicago, either.
On a bright September morning nearly six weeks ago, D.C. United's playoff aspirations grew dim.
As the final whistle blew, the waves of emotion washed away four years of frustration. Flags and flares emerged from the boisterous sea of black that filled RFK Stadium’s lower bowl. And as D.C. United’s players and coaches mobbed each other, Ben Olsen and Chris Pontius savored a long embrace.
"There's real excitement around this game," midfielder Chris Pontius said. "Everyone knows what it means to us and our season."
"I felt like I actually got into a groove this game," Pontius said.