This for his performance against Seattle in a 3-2 win at Qwest Field last Thursday. By the time most people voted, Pontius was credited with a hat trick. Not sure many would’ve changed their votes, however, once his final goal turned into an assist.
Here’s the release:
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D.C. United Midfielder Chris Pontius Named MLS Player of the Week
Pontius notches two goals and an assist in D.C. United’s 3-2 win over Seattle Sounders FC
NEW YORK (Monday, June 14, 2010) – D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 12 of the 2010 MLS season. Pontius scored two goals and recorded an assist in D.C. United’s 3-2 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Thursday, June 10 at Qwest Field.
In the 39th minute, Pontius collected a poor clearance, cut the ball inside with his right foot, sending two Sounders defenders sprawling, and unleashed a shot from 40 yards out. The ball deflected off the back of a Sounders defender and into the net for D.C.’s first goal of the night.
Pontius doubled the lead for D.C. just five minutes later. With a great individual effort, Pontius shook off two Seattle defenders and sent a shot toward the left post. The shot headed straight to Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller, but Keller mishandled the shot and the ball rolled into the net.
In the 79th minute, Pontius helped D.C. to their third and final goal of the night as he headed a free kick from the left side of the area toward the right post. The ball hit the post and teammate Adam Cristman tapped it in past a diving Keller.
This is Pontius’ first career Player of the Week award.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.
2010 MLS Player of the Week Winners
Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New England Revolution)
Week 3: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Week 4: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 5: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Week 6: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 7: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 8: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
Week 9: Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew)
Week 10: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Week 11: Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Week 12: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)