Chris Pontius Signs 'Long-Term' Extension With D.C. United

CHESTER, PA - JUNE 16: Forward Chris Pontius #13 of D.C. United dribbles the ball during a game against of the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on June 16, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. D.C. United won 1-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Chris Pontius, 25, was already the longest tenured D.C. United player and will now be there for the foreseeable future.

D.C. United may have just lost Dwayne De Rosario for 10-12 weeks, but they made sure Chris Pontius will be under their control for years to come as they announced signing their 25-year-old forward to a "long-term" contract on Friday. Pontius was already United's longest tenured player on the current roster and was leading the team with 10 goals this season.

"We are thrilled to have agreed to terms with Chris on a new deal," D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a team release. "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."

Since debuting with United in 2009, Pontius has really come into his own the last couple of seasons. He scored seven goals with five assists in 2011 and has followed that up with a 10-goal, two-assist performance so far this year. That has earned him a spot on the MLS All-Star team and has put him conversations for a United States national team call-up.

For more on the signing, be sure to check out our D.C. United blog Black and Red United, as well as SB Nation DC.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.