by March 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

From Kent Barnes. Follow him on Twitter @KentBarnes, email him at kent[AT]


Pontius Jersey. (Rachel Nania)

DC sports fans are blessed with some of the most popular and dynamic athletes in the country. Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, John Wall and, of course, Robert Griffin III have all ranked among the leaders in jersey sales in their respective sports.

But there’s another local athlete among the best in his sport, and you may not have even heard of him. I’m talking about DC United‘s star midfielder, Chris Pontius (no, not THAT Chris Pontius).

Drafted out of UC Santa Barbara in 2009, Pontius made an immediate impact on the black and red and finished the season as a rookie of the year finalist. Although United had a rough year in 2010, Pontius’ continued improvement had the team in position to make a run at the playoffs until a broken leg cut his 2011 season short.

Pontius took the leap in 2012, scoring a team high of 12 goals. He was voted the MVP of the MLS All Star Team after their win over English powerhouse Chelsea, and was also named to the MLS Best XI squad at the end of the season. Most importantly, he led DC United back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Not only is Pontius a superstar on the field, but he also loves to take advantage of all the DC social scene has to offer. Follow his twitter account and you’ll see him tweeting about watching the Redskins, Wizards, and Capitals. You may also catch him at a Nationals game, shopping in Georgetown or getting coffee in Chinatown. Your best bet to catch a glimpse of Pontius might be at Open City DC, where he frequently heads for brunch on match days. Still waiting for my invite, Chris…

Ready to catch DC’s next superstar athlete in person? Head out to RFK Stadium on Saturday, March 23, to see DC United take on the Columbus Crew.

And, while I highly recommend watching the team play in person, if you can’t make it out you can always watch at one of these local bars:

  • Touchdown Sports Bar, 1334 U Street NW, an official bar partner of DC United.
  • Lucky Bar: 1221 Connecticut Avenue NW.
  • The Queen Vic: 1206 H Street NE.
  • Public Tenley: 4611 41st Street NW.

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