How Acquired: Signed as a free agent on Jan. 22, 2018. Re-signed on Dec. 19, 2018.
Pontius enters his 11th season in MLS and his second with the LA Galaxy, after spending the previous two seasons with Philadelphia. Although he has a reputation as an injury prone player, he does have 241 regular season appearances, and 50 goals and 35 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 had been called up to several U.S. Men’s National Team camps before earning his first cap in January 2017 in a friendly contest against Serbia. In all, he has made five appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team, including three during the USMNT’s 2017 Gold Cup-winning campaign.
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.
NOTES: Selected No. 7 overall in 2009 SuperDraft...2016 MLS Comeback Player of the Year.