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More D.C. United Roommate Tales

Rodney Wallace. (By Michael Brandy - AP via Deseret News)

Having recorded the tales of five D.C. United rookies in one house (2007) and Ben Olsen being Zach Wells's landlord (2008), I could hardly ignore the fact that Rodney Wallace and Chris Pontius, starters for this year's squad, are also roommates. They live in a two-bedroom place near Kalorama/Dupont, and while it's now fully stocked with actual nice furniture, it wasn't on their first night.

"The first night we actually slept on a blowup mattress," Wallace told me last week.

"We put the blowup mattress sideways, and then [arranged] the big Adidas bags we travel with," Pontius explained. "Our heads and upper torso were on the blowup mattress, and then our feet were on the Adidas bags, and then we had a huge blanket."

"Best night of sleep ever," Wallace said.

I remember well my first night in D.C., in my empty Capitol Hill apartment. I slept on a blowup mattress, too. Luckily, I wasn't sharing it with my roommate. Or my duffel bags. Anyhow, I give them two gold stars for living in the city. As I've often noted, Donald Brashear is the only local pro athlete I know of (not on United) who lives in the city, whereas at least a third of the Black and Red have D.C. addresses, from rookies to established stars.

"I just like the energy of the city," OIsen said, of his neighborhood choice. "I like being able to walk to restaurants and markets and shops and just be among the energy of the city."

Sadly, the city doesn't like you. Thanks, D.C. politicians. Anyhow, Pontius and Wallace said much the same about their choice.

"We're young, never really lived in the city, so we're trying to do something new," Wallace said.

"I mean, I've never really lived in a city, in an actual city," Pontius agreed. "We kind of went around and checked out some places outside the city and inside the city, and we thought it would be best if we lived inside the city."

Their only complaint, they said, is the traffic driving to RFK. Benning Road does get pretty brutal, and driving over it feels like being on a ride at Six Flags. I asked who drives.

"My driver, Chris," Wallace said. "Sometimes he gets tired, though, so I drive sometimes."

"Sometimes?" Pontius interjected. "Once."

Their furniture came from Furniture For Less. They're both pretty clean. Their squabbles are limited to things like leaving beverages out of the fridge--"he gets mad because I take out like the orange juice or water and then I won't put it back, because I just keep refilling," Wallace said. The walls are pretty bare, but they're shopping for some artwork. I suggested Man U. posters.

"I don't know if we're going to do Man U. posters," Pontius said.

"He might get like a Cristiano Ronaldo poster in his room," Wallace said. "Why not? You like him? Do you not like him?"

I also figured they might get sick of each other, working and living together, but they said their status as co-workers hasn't yet ruined things. Their lives sounded pretty much like any of ours when we were 20 or 21.

"We go to practice, come home, watch movies, take a nap, wake up, eat, watch another movie, play FIFA and call it a night," Wallace summarized.

Thus, the glamorous life of the city-dwelling pro athlete.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2009; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Thanks, Dan.

Posted by: EdTheRed | April 14, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"...As I've often noted, Donald Brashear is the only local pro athlete I know of (not on United) who lives in the city, whereas at least a third of the Black and Red have D.C. addresses, from rookies to established stars..."

and yet which team is shown the back of DC's hand by the DCSEC, Mayor, and much of the Council, not to mention the august editorial board at your fine paper?

Posted by: CDRHoek | April 14, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

If I weren't going to be in Timonium all day Saturday I'd stop by the adidas opening in Tysons and give Wallace a Barra Brava flag to decorate one of their apartment walls.

Posted by: seahawkdad | April 14, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Should have asked them if they had girlfriends Dan. I'd say Pontius could easily fill Bob Boswell's eligible bachelor shoes. I'd even say he probably has a more natural scoring touch...;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | April 14, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Rodney and Chris- I really hope you were playing the FIFA and movie angle for the 21 you should at Tom Tom etc and building up some nice notches in the bed posts.

Posted by: ATPDC | April 14, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Tom Tom is close, but you're right there's prime hunting ground to the north, south, and east. I was never a pro soccer player, but I surely wasn't sitting at home watching movies with my roomate, or playing video games at 21... You save that for when you're married...;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | April 14, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"Their lives sounded pretty much like any of ours when we were 20 or 21."

needs more bonghits.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | April 14, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Tell the guys to get a key for Lot 8...Dupont to Rock Creek Parkway, past the Kennedy Center, along the Mall, jump on the highway, drops you off at the stadium. 10 minutes tops!

Posted by: Tweaked | April 14, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan, I am very disappointed in your passing up such an obvious Bobby Boswell "own goal" type of joke.

Love it, Steinz, keep up the good work --- and are you gonna be on Wash Post Live this year?????

Posted by: dcufan | April 14, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

They should take Metro

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | April 14, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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