Behind the Badge has the short story on the Black and Red signing MLS Rookie of the Year Candidate Chris Pontius to a new contract. No details on the contract. Last year Pontius' salary was essentially league minimum for a senior roster player ($36,000) and had total guaranteed compensation of $66,000. With the departure of high dollar Fred and a few other players with high salary cap numbers (i.e. Ben Olsen, Christian Gomez), Pontius is sure to be making more money.
Last year Pontius, played in 28 MLS games (starting 23), a total of 40 games played (31 starts) out of DC United's 44 games last year) and had 8 goals and six assists in all competitions. Not bad for the man from California. Pontius also got his first National team call ups this year and is headed to Florida in advance of the friendly against El Salvador on Feb. 13. Pontius didn't make the bench for the U.S. game against Honduras, but word is that he had a decent camp for Bob Bradley.