Pontius undergoes hamstring surgery, expected to miss 4-6 months

Chris Pontius

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By DAN KARELL

Chris Pontius will be spending another long stretch on the sidelines due to injury.

D.C. United announced on Wednesday that the midfielder had undergone surgery on his left hamstring and is expected to miss the next four to six months. The surgery is to hopefully fix a nagging hamstring injury that Pontius has been dealing with the last few seasons.

The longest-tenured D.C. United player had yet to make an appearance, and the club’s decision to acquire Chris Rolfe shows that Pontius wasn’t recovering as expected with regular rehab. Pontius’ surgery was conducted by U.S. Men’s National Team doctor Michael Gerhardt of Santa Monica Orthopaedics.

At best, Pontius can aim to return as soon as late August, though with a recurring injury problem, D.C. might feel better to let Pontius take his time to come back and make sure the muscle is 100 percent fit again before he takes the field.

In his time at D.C. United, Pontius has made 123 appearances with 27 goals and 16 assists.

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What do you think of this news? Disappointed to hear that Pontius will miss a large chunk of the season? Think this surgery will help him come back? Do you feel that Chris Rolfe can fill Pontius’ role in the lineup?

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7 Responses to Pontius undergoes hamstring surgery, expected to miss 4-6 months

  1. Vasco says:

    this is very disappointing

  2. reepicheep says:

    I don’t like where this is going – Stu Holden/John O’Brien territory.

    • Ronaldo Messi says:

      The MNT is cursed.

      • Iggy says:

        Pontius was never more than a fringe player and really doesn’t haveuch to do with the national team.

        • JoeW says:

          Except that he hurt this in a MNT camp. Then aggravated it when he tried to come back. Now the ship has sailed for him. But 2 years ago, this guy was an MLS best XI player–one of the 4-5 best American attackers in MLS and arguably the best American on the dribble.

  3. VMan says:

    As someone who is not a DC United fan, I was always curious about Pontius and his national team potential. Didn’t watch him closely enough to know if could succeed at that level but as a previous poster mentioned, he was clearly one of the best attacking players in MLS when healthy. This a disappointing bit of news but he is still young enough to get back on track if he can get these injuries behind him.