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By FRANCO PANIZO
Two of D.C. United’s biggest contributors have undergone offseason surgery and are expected to be recovering for several weeks.
D.C. United announced on Wednesday that forward Chris Pontius and defender Daniel Woolard underwent operations in the past week. Pontius had surgery on Wednesday to repair his left hamstring and sciatic nerve, and is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks. Woolard went under the knife on Nov. 1 to repair his big toe, and his timeframe for recovery is approximately four to six weeks.
The veterans were two of the more regular faces in United’s lineup during the club’s historically bad season in 2013. Pontius scored two goals and had three assists in 22 appearances while Woolard started in each of the 27 matches he played in.
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BERNARDEZ, CHAVEZ CALLED IN FOR HONDURAS FRIENDLIES
Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez’s seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes may be over, but that does not mean they are done for the year just yet. Bernardez and Chavez were both called up by Honduras for a pair of upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Ecuador. The Catrachos face Brazil on Nov. 16 at Sun Life Stadiun in Miami before traveling to Houston to take on Ecuador on Nov. 19 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
REAL SALT LAKE, WHITECAPS TO SPEND PART OF PRESEASON IN ARIZONA
Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps are reportedly heading back to Arizona. The two MLS clubs, as well as NASL expansion club Indy Eleven, will be among the professional soccer teams to hold part of their 2014 preseasons at the Grande Sports Academy in Casa Grande, Ariz. This will mark the fifth-straight year in which both RSL and the Whitecaps have held portions of their preseasons at the academy.
Think Pontius and Woolard will come back and have bigger seasons in 2014? How do you see Bernardez and Chavez faring in Honduras’ upcoming friendlies? Hoping to see more teams train in Arizona next year?
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