HOW ACQUIRED: Trade from D.C. United on December 7, 2015.
Pontius enters his 8th season in MLS joining the Philadelphia Union, after spending the previous seven with DC United. Although he has a reputation as an injury prone player, he does have over 150 regular season appearances, and 33 goals and 18 assists. He was named to the MLS All-Star team in 2012, and ended that season being selected into the Best XI. Pontius has long been thought of as one of the more talented American attackers in the league, a reputation he began polishing when he scored a spectacular goal just 62 minutes into his MLS career.
INTERNATIONAL: Pontius has been called into several U.S. National Team squads, but has yet to earn a full cap. He did make the 20 player roster for a February, 2010 friendly against El Salvador.
COLLEGE: Pontius was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in his Senior year in 2008, for the University of California Santa Barbara. He was also a College Soccer News All-American Second Team, and an NSCAA All-American Third Team. He won the Big West offensive player of the year in his junior year as well.