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The team's leading goalscorer is set to stay in the nation's capital for the foreseeable future.

D.C. United announced it has signed midfielder/forward Chris Pontius to a new long-term contract. Per club and league policy, exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old is the club’s longest-tenured player and is leading the team this year with 10 goals. The attacker also won the All-Star Game MVP award in July after he scored a goal and assisted on another.

“I’m obviously very happy today,” Pontius said. “D.C. has been very good to me – the organization, the fans, and the community – and I’m committed to bringing this team back to where it needs to be.”

D.C. United originally selected Pontius out of the University of California, Santa Barbara with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. In a four-year career with the Black-and-Red, Pontius has played in 94 games (80 starts) and scored 23 goals and 11 assists.

“We are thrilled to have agreed to terms with Chris on a new deal,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper.

“Whether playing at midfield or forward, Chris has become one of the most dangerous attacking players in Major League Soccer. His best soccer is still to come and this is exciting for the club, our fans, and our community. We look forward to his contributions, on and off the field, for years to come,” Kasper added.

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