Pontius Named MLS Rookie of the Year Finalist

Nov. 4, 2009

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Major League Soccer announced the finalists for its 2009 year-end awards on Monday and included among the finalists was UCSB alum Chris Pontius (2005-08), who is vying for the league's Rookie of the Year award.

Winners for each award will be announced in the coming weeks with Rookie of the Year being announced on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Pontius, who plays for DC United, is in the running for the award with Stefan Frei of Toronto FC and Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The finalists for each award earned the most votes in polling of MLS players, general managers, coaches, referees and members of the media.

Pontius finished his rookie season with four goals and three assists. He played in 28 of the team's 30 matches and started 23.