The D.C. United star suffered a concussion in Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup victory and will miss Saturday's match against Toronto FC.This weekend's clash between MLS bottom feeders will be missing one of its biggest names.
D.C. United winger Chris Pontius will miss this Saturday's clash with Toronto FC after suffering a concussion in Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup match against the Philadelphia Union, the club announced Thursday night. Pontius, a MLS Best XI performer and All-Star in 2012, took a blow to the head in the 42nd minute of the 3-1 victory over the Union at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
"[Pontius] told me he didn’t have a concussion, but I’m not buying it for a second," D.C. manager Ben Olsen said following the match. "He didn’t look so hot, so we’ll get all the testing done and see where he’s at."
As it turns out, Pontius was indeed diagnosed with the concussion, and the timetable for his return is undetermined. With 1-10-3 D.C. mired in a franchise-record 12-game winless stretch in league play, it will look end that run without Pontius -- who is still in search of his first goal following a 12-goal 2012 campaign -- and topple 1-7-5 Toronto.
The game marks TFC manager Ryan Nelsen's return to RFK Stadium, where he captained D.C. in his MLS playing days and teamed with Olsen. It is also the first meeting between the clubs since TFC president Kevin Payne left his long-running post in D.C.'s front office.