After winning only eight games last season, the LA Galaxy was in need of something new. It looks like they found what they were looking for in MLS Veteran Chris Pontius.
The midfielder has been in the game for nine years. He spent seven years with D.C. United and two years with the Philadelphia Union for a collective 45 goals and 29 assists. While in Philadelphia, Pontius claimed MLS’s Comeback Player of the Year award in 2016.
“Chris is a proven and experienced player in our league who can bolster our roster immediately,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid, according to LAGalaxy.com. “He is a Southern California native who will be a valuable addition to our squad both on the field and in the locker room. We look forward to him joining the team as we begin preseason training.”
The midfielder is one of many acquired players for the Galaxy this preseason. Other new faces in SoCal this season will be midfielders Servando Carrasco and Perry Kitchen, defenders Rolf Feltscher, Emrah Klimenta, and Jorgen Skjelvik, and striker Ola Kamara. They’ve also chosen to re-sign defender Ashley Cole and midfielder Baggio Husidic.
Pontius and the rest of Galaxy will open the 2018 MLS season on Sunday, March 4th at the StubHub Center against the Portland Timbers at 7 p.m. PT.
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