Chris Pontius Returns to the Pitch For DC United
Fans all over D.C cheered when they saw Chris Pontius emerge from the bench during United's last two games, and for good reason.
Pontius is currently the longest tenured player on D.C United roster, and it has not been the healthiest of 6 years for the All-star Cali boy. Suffering from a hamstring injury, a tibia injury and a second more sever hamstring string injury that has also cause some nerve troubles and taken surgery and months of rest and rehab, he has finally returned to the pitch.
His first comeback game was September 10 against the New York Red bulls late in the second half, only for ten minutes, but he went in unafraid and made good challenges. He made his second debut September 16 against Jamaican Water House in the 67th minute where he made his first CONCACAF Champions League appearance helping out on the defensive side, already showing in much better shape than against the Red Bulls.
His game was challenged even more when teammate Taylor Kemp was ejected due to a second yellow card. Waterhouse took advantage and continued putting the pressure on. Pontius stayed in and stayed strong, with the help of teammate Bobby Boswell stepping in the back.
In the end United won the match 2-1 and Chris had his first win since being back.
Pontius is a player to be admired not only for his hard work and leadership on the field, but off the field as well. His teammates have been quoted saying that he would still come to the locker room and training to show his support for his team while he was doing rehab. The fact that injury after injury he continues to come back unafraid is a true test of not only his physical strength but mental strength as well.
One could argue he had his best season in 2012, while being restricted to only 22 games due to injury, as he still managed to make selection to MLS's All-League team. I have seen all too often players get injured and all of a sudden they are afraid to play like they did before, timid now because they realized they are not invincible. This does not seem to be the case with Chirs, but it does makes you wonder what he would be capable of if not for these injuries,or maybe the injuries and the obstacles he has had to go through are what make him such a great player and such a great face for the team of the nation's capitol. He stands for perseverance, determination, and hard work; qualities that our nation prides herself on.
No, Pontius is not 100% yet, but I have no doubt he will not be wasting any time getting there and am excited to see what he brings to the pitch when playoff season comes around. I know I am not alone is saying I hope he brings the cup back home to where it belongs!