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United's Pontius earns first U.S. call-up

After a strong rookie campaign for D.C. United, forward Chris Pontius earned his first U.S. men's national team call-up Tuesday, joining the MLS-heavy 30-man roster selected by Coach Bob Bradley for the Jan. 4 training camp, which will be held at the Home Depot Center.

The camp is in advance of a friendly against CONCACAF rivals and World Cup finalists Honduras on Jan. 23 at the Home Depot Center.

Pontius, the seventh overall selection in last year's MLS SuperDraft, quickly proved to be among United's most valuable and versatile players. He played in all but two of D.C.'s 30 league games with 23 starts and scored eight goals with six assists in 40 total games in all competitions.

Bradley was expected to look heavily to the country's domestic league for the camp and did just that, with just five of the 30 players coming from outside of MLS. Pontius was one of three rookies selected, joined by the L.A. Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez (Maryland) and New England's Kevin Alston (Silver Spring).

Full 30-man roster after the jump...

GOALKEEPERS (4): Kevin Hartman (Kansas City), Troy Perkins (Valerenga), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)
DEFENDERS (9): Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Brandon McDonald (San Jose Earthquakes), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jeff Larentowicz (New England Revolution), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (5): Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Marcus Tracy (Aalborg)

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 22, 2009; 2:24 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Well-deserved!

It'll be interesting to see what he can do with the senior mnt squad; some players seem to scale better with the talent around them & I think Chris is one of those.

Posted by: cray | December 22, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Great for Pontius.

So, that's four from Chivas USA; three each from RSL, Columbus, and FC Dallas; two each from Kansas City, New England, and Houston; one each from the Gals, San Jose, Toronto, Seattle, Colorado, and DCU; and zero from Chicago, Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, and New York.

Posted by: dccal | December 22, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

50% of the keepers have DCU ties. That's nice.

Of course it'd be nicer if we still had one of them.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 22, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Didnt know Silver Spring had a university..
SSU or Silver Spring City U.?

=)

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 22, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Gaven and McCarty . . .Seriously?

Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro) and Brandon McDonald (San Jose). . who?

and where's Jermaine Jones? Edgar Castillo?

Posted by: delantero | December 22, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

delantero,
Bedoya has been playing great ball. Scandinavia-based players are alongside MLS because the Scan leagues have a long winter hiatus. Jones and Castillo will be with clubs during January, no? (but I'm right with you about wanting them in an MNT camp.)

Posted by: troy6 | December 22, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Right, I don't think it's an international fixture date.

When should the real team be put together? For the March friendly against the Dutch?

Posted by: delantero | December 22, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought Jones was still hurt or he re-injured himself.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 22, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Will Bradley have enought time to evaluate Castillo? Seems like he might not make the world cup roster or even come close. What about Holden is he a lock for the world cup? if not I would assume that he would be in this lineup. whats going to happen with Altidore?

Posted by: Norteno4life | December 22, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Great for Pontius.
So, that's four from Chivas USA; three each from RSL, Columbus, and FC Dallas; two each from Kansas City, New England, and Houston; one each from the Gals, San Jose, Toronto, Seattle, Colorado, and DCU; and zero from Chicago, Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, and New York."
...and three from the U. of Maryland (Goodson, Rogers, Gonzales)

Posted by: soccerman | December 22, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

That's nice for Pontius, but honestly, a roster with 4 keepers and Eddie Gaven is surely an attempt to even out the practice squads....

Hey, did you guys hear? Bunbury to MLS! er, wait....

Posted by: JkR- | December 22, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

What about Wallace? How is his citizenship coming? We made David Regis a citizen in like 5 minutes.

Posted by: wmsiii | December 22, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It is great that Ponti got a call up, but this hardly a side that strikes fear into my heart. Hopefully he will stand out and get a shot with the real team when they play the dutch.
Hopefully we will see Perkins in the goal against Honduras, i totally miss that guy.

Posted by: jjfooty | December 22, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

95 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | December 22, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

@delantero

You've obviously not been paying attention. McCarty played with the Nats during the last official international window. Not to mention, he had a heck of a season this year in MLS.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | December 22, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

So, that's four from Chivas USA; three each from RSL, Columbus, and FC Dallas; two each from Kansas City, New England, and Houston; one each from the Gals, San Jose, Toronto, Seattle, Colorado, and DCU; and zero from Chicago, Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, and New York.

Posted by: dccal | December 22, 2009 2:49 PM
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Cute, but it doesn't really tell the story. Gals also have Donovan. Houston still has Holden and Clark, for the moment, and Ching. If you're trying to assess the relative quality of teams, you must also include the foreign internationals in MLS, including Canadians. Not to mention former international players like Ljundberg and Keller in Settle and the like.

Not to put to fine point on some of the other comments, but it seems that a lot of folks need to study up, or read Goff's posts nd actually remember. Bedoya was a top NCAA player, now doing pretty well in Sweden.

Castillo will be with his club -- ditto for other Mexican League players like Orozco and Torres. Jermaine Jones would be with his club...if he were healthy enough to train.

This isn't a tryout for everybody who hasn't nailed down a spot. It's just for those who are available because they're in their off-season -- basically, that's MLS and Scandinavian-based players. That's why Clark and Holden aren't invited -- they're busy looking at European offers.

Therefore, you shouldn't make to much of the invites. It's fair to say that no more than four or five players at any position are actually being considered for a spot on hte plane o South Africa.

Posted by: fischy | December 22, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I think Perkins is the only viable GK candidate for the WC roster. The rest were brought in to fill up the GK table in the cafeteria.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The two surprises for me are Laurentowicz (though he did score a beauty of a goal) over Cronin, and Braun over a half dozen forwards I'd rather see in the national team.

Posted by: fischy | December 22, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

@I-270 -= Probably so, though I think even Perkins is no higher than 4th on the depth chart now. Absent an injury to Howard, Guzan or Hahnemann, I don't think any of these goalies are going to South Africa. Even still, I'd say Rimando and Thornton have a chance to move up over Perkins.

There are a few defenders who are almost sure to go, and one or two others on the bubble. Ditto for the forwards. The interesting competition there will be between Cunningham and Findley. The most interesting competition is at midfield. I've got a dark horse in Brad Davis....

Posted by: fischy | December 22, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

@delantero You've obviously not been paying attention.

Uh. Right. I saw him play meager minutes in the last friendlies. He was chasing, fouled a few players and was overmatched.

You haven't seen my previous multiple posts bemoaning his short stature, his lack of speed, and his otherwise mediocre play. He is not capable of playing grown- up international football.

Posted by: delantero | December 22, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Most hair our goalie pool has had in a camp since before I was born, and that's including Thornton.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 22, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Delantero, the fact that you questioned his call up, but didn't say one word about Brandon "Who the hell is this guy?" McDonald, clued me in that you have a personal issue with McCarty. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | December 22, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"you have a personal issue with McCarty"

Guess again, vinegar and water, it's a sporting issue. He's not very good.

Posted by: delantero | December 22, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

dadryan: could be the US olympic channel? That's one random channel I had.

Posted by: Reignking | December 22, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is awful. Flipping through random stations and "Soccer Dog 2: European Cup" is on.

Posted by: Reignking | December 22, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

OMG! OMG! I LOLed at that movie!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Dude, RK, what channel? I'm dying for something better than the studio show for Hawks pregame

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 22, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Is Soccer Dog on channel 105-205 without a converter box?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is awful. Flipping through random stations and "Soccer Dog 2: European Cup" is on.

Posted by: Reignking | December 22, 2009 7:51 PM

* * * * *

Just don't spoil the outcome for those of us who are recording it...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 22, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Still doesn't top the Air Bud soccer-edition I'm sure that movie-making franchise surely made.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 22, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

some basketball game on 105-205 now... I don't know what that channel is. Comcast network. I literally have at least 15 more channels I never had now that we have this HD tv. Like 10 news channels from all over the globe.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 22, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

@RK there is some other US channel a few more up the dial. weird.

On topic, good for Pontius, and I wouldn't take all these call ups too seriously, Bob's gonna get a good open look at a bunch of domestics and see if anyone else could fit in in South Africa.
No biggie. Hating on less than likely Senior starters is pointless they need bodies. Good for Omar G as well.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 22, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Goff, take your vacation, will ya? Are we going to have do an intervention on you?

Posted by: bdwooton | December 22, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

bdwooton: the by-line indicates Paul Tenorio contributed this thread...Happy Holidays everyone!

Posted by: dcarmy | December 22, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Pontius!

But honestly, someone has to break through as an offensive option right now. Tracy, Cunningham, and Findley are the front runners, but wouldn't love to see Pontius tear it up. Bedoya as well, though he isn't a forward.

As for Casey, we know what he'll do... which is nothing in the work department.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | December 22, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Now that we've had Bonesteel and Tenorio, I want the return of Steinbog to the Soccer Insider.

Posted by: sitruc | December 22, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

bdwooton: the by-line indicates Paul Tenorio contributed this thread...Happy Holidays everyone!

Posted by: dcarmy

Mea maxima culpa. Good job Paul.

Posted by: bdwooton | December 22, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

What about Wallace? How is his citizenship coming? We made David Regis a citizen in like 5 minutes.

Posted by: wmsiii | D


I thought Wallace self-identifies as a Tico. Isn't he related to long-time Tico fixture Harold Wallace?

Posted by: fentysupporter | December 22, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Give Bradley credit. This squad is going to confuse Capello to no end. Most of this selection brings nothing to the USMNT table. Eddie Gaven? Here's an example of a player who just about meets MLS standards and he is chosen. And where are Torres and Castillo who bring technical skills to the table? The defining question is whether Boob will give Robbie Findley 90 minutes or one those usual 20-30 minute outings. In picking his squad, what is the purpose of this friendly?

Posted by: juke2 | December 22, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

re: juke2

Purpose: Looking at talent in MLS, seeing if anyone deserves a real look. It is also to pressure Marshall and center backs to see how they handle a ton of pressure.

Torres and Castillo are committed to their clubs right now. We'll see at least Torres (Hopefully) at the next international fixture.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | December 22, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Delantero, the fact that you questioned his call up, but didn't say one word about Brandon "Who the hell is this guy?" McDonald,

Did you miss this chango?

Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro) and Brandon McDonald (San Jose). . who?

Thought so.

Posted by: delantero | December 23, 2009 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Remember when Bobby Convey used to get callups?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | December 23, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

It is nice to call these guys into camp to give them a little more cash and start looking at some prospects for 14'. Braun might double his salary with the money he makes playing in a friendly and he can get out of the apartment he is sharing with 5 other people in LA for a few days. The only real interesting thing about this friendly to me is to see some different guys play and get some caps. A friendly with Honduras really just isn't that exciting.

Posted by: csd1 | December 23, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if, based on the relative good humor during our direct match in San Pedro Sula and our rescuing their hopes in the final seconds of the CR match, that this upcoming match will be the "friendliest" friendly ever. I'm rather excited to see the game.

Posted by: troy6 | December 23, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

From the Goff Twitter:

"# Reports from Bolivia say #DCU captain Jaime Moreno will go on loan to Blooming. Reports from RFK say DCU has not been approached."

about 3 hours ago from web

Posted by: JkR- | December 23, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

possible lockout date for player is Feb 1 if no agreement is made between MLS and the Players Union

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 23, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

1991-94: Moreno began his professional career with Club Blooming, making 57 appearances and notching 14 goals.

Posted by: Reignking | December 23, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

In yesterday's print version of the Post, I noticed this item about US Soccer's players of the year. I don't believe it has previously been posted here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/21/AR2009122103766.html

Also, I notice that The Damned United is palying tonight at a repertory theater in the middle of Gettysburg. Did anyone get to see it when it played in the Washington area (and in other cities) a couple of months ago? I don't recall anyone mentioning it here.

http://www.gettysburgmajestic.org/calendar/index.dot

Finally, I'm still trying to figure out that citadel of learning known as Del Val got mentioned here.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 23, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Make that "figure out how."

Posted by: universityandpark | December 23, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Garber ain't lockin' anybody out. Some sort of deal will get done. It has to.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 23, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Also off topic.....here's a nomination for our next signing, especially if Moreno is out:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVPSbQ-Y_0M[/url]

i think he'd be a perfect fit for us to replace emilio. Big strong forward with great heading abilities. Recently named Columbia's player of the year. Only 23 years old. Maybe not the most technically skilled, but we're also not La Liga. Of course he probably costs too much.

Posted by: Brian76 | December 23, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Brian76 | December 23, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

@Brian76 - I like what I see in Jackson Martinez...but rumors are that he's more likely to go to Korea or Mexico.

Posted by: soccerman | December 23, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

94 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | December 23, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Happy Holidays everyone.

Posted by: Kosh2 | December 23, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Happy Merry Christmeidhanukwanzivus. :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 23, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm off to fulfill my assignment (from acting editor I-270) as travel correspondent to Soccer Insider. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Karen

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | December 23, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Since no one really claimed the job of Twitter Checker, here I am.

Galaxy's Brazilians on loan from Sao Paulo FC for 2010 season

about 4 hours ago from TwitterBerry


Galaxy adds Alex, a 21-year-old left-sided player, Juninho, a 20-year-old central midfielder, and Leonardo, a 21-year-old central defender

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 23, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse


Galaxy adds Alex, a 21-year-old left-sided player, Juninho, a 20-year-old central midfielder, and Leonardo, a 21-year-old central defender

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 23, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

The Chelsea center back, the Lyon midfielder and one of the greatest freekick takers ever, and AC Milans manager?

I'm kidding by the way.

Posted by: spikeman | December 24, 2009 2:31 AM | Report abuse

93 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | December 24, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

How many days until United has a head coach?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 24, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Did George Michael ever do anything positive for soccer?

/honest question not meant to flame

Posted by: sitruc | December 24, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

He taught American soccer fans to have "Faith".

Oh, the other George Michael. In that case, no.

Posted by: troy6 | December 24, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

How many days until United has a head coach?

Posted by: I-270Exit1
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Not soon enough. I'm not even sure I have enough fingers and toes to count that high.

Posted by: Curious99 | December 24, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

RIP George...loved him on Don & Mike, and they had this old tape of him as a DJ...

Posted by: Reignking | December 24, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I loved Sports Machine and George Michael's manic energy. And he really was a pioneer.

@universityandpark: Del Val was dead last at 0-7-0 in DIII Middle Atlantic Conference play this year, thus making them (in the running SI gag) slightly better than this year's NYRB.

Posted by: dccal | December 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

RIP George Michael.

Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!

Let's pray we get a decent coach and some good players as well.

Vamos United!!

Posted by: Smitty68 | December 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Apparently George Michael (the departed Sports Machine guy, not the Wham UK guy) was a backup keeper for St. Louis U back in the day.

RIP George. I always have fond memories of the Sports Machine -- it was SportsCenter before SportsCenter. And somewhere, I have an autographed Sports Machine ad slick...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 24, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

RIP George. I'm really glad to have been able to see one of his funniest moments a few years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aK1-K6OeBI&feature=related

Posted by: spikeman | December 24, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Did George Michael ever do anything positive for soccer? honest question not meant to flame Posted by: sitruc

No. I can't really recall Michael/NBC doing squat for soccer and certainly never had United highlights. He was always a Deadskin fanatic (as most DC sport's guys are) and essentially treated soccer as an afterthought, just like everyone else.

I enjoyed his pre Sportscenter Sunday night show, though, and can remember staying up late to watch it.

Posted by: delantero | December 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Apparently George Michael (the departed Sports Machine guy, not the Wham UK guy) was a backup keeper for St. Louis U back in the day.
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Didn't the Post run a feature story on Michael some years back, in connection with which the Post reporter was unable to confirm a number of details of Michael's bio, including whether he played soccer at SLU? (He apparently attended SLU High School, not to be confused with the university itself, and played soccer there.)

Posted by: universityandpark | December 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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