We are incredibly honored and excited to announce that Chris Pontius, former US Men’s National Team player, MLS All Star, 11-year MLS Veteran will be joining Next Star as a Pro Coach/Mentor in October. Within the structure of Next Star’s proven methodologies and philosophies, Chris’ tremendous success and experience on and off the field will make for invaluable and unforgettable lessons for any player, and especially those in midfield and attacking positions.
Chris Pontius discovered his passion for soccer at a young age. His early years were marked by dedication and a strong work ethic, traits that would become his trademark throughout his professional career. Pontius attended the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he played college soccer for the UCSB Gauchos. During his collegiate career, Pontius made a name for himself as a dynamic and versatile player. His contributions to the team's success were instrumental in UCSB winning the NCAA National Championship in 2006. Chris Pontius's professional journey began when he was selected seventh overall by D.C. United in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. His impact on the team was immediate, as he made his debut in the season opener and quickly established himself as a key player. Pontius's ability to play multiple positions, including midfielder and forward, made him a valuable asset for D.C. United.