D.C. United’s Chris Pontius Voted MLS Player of the Week
Midfielder scores rain-soaked hat trick Sunday against New York
NEW YORK(Monday, April 23, 2012) D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 7 of the 2012 MLS season. Pontius scored three goals on Sunday evening at RFK Stadium, leading United to a 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.
Pontius started the scoring early with his first goal in the eighth minute of the match. Pontius stole the ball from New York’s Thierry Henry near midfield then raced towards goal and sent a shot from the top of the box over goalkeeper Ryan Meara. Just 24 minutes later Pontius notched his second goal by finishing on a Maicon Santos cross that deflected off the defense in front of the net.
The 24 year-old completed the hat trick in the 69th minute. Pontius picked up the ball 40-yards from goal,sprinted up the middle of the field through the New York defense, and slipped a shot into the corner of the net.
Sunday’s feat was the California-native’s first MLS career hat trick and his fourth multiple goal game. His last multi-goal game came on August 13, 2011 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, a performance for which he was also rewarded Player of the Week.
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/.