Chris Pontius has scored 25 goals in 101 league appearances for DC United - Ned Dishman
We all seem to be focusing on strikers with our picks in these, and Richard Terry is no different. He writes that his dream player for the Rapids would be Chris Pontius.
I am a fan of proven youth being fused with veteran leadership. Colorado has some talented veterans with Jeff Larentowicz, Hendry Thomas, and Matt Pickens. Martin Rivero, a loanee from Argentine club Rosario Central, has been a good example of proven youth that has mixed well with the Rapids key veteran players and the style of play.
Colorado has made it clear that they want to make the defense the number one priority going into the off-season. That was evident as the club has declined on contract options with Tyrone Marshall, Scott Palguta, Luis Zapata, and Tyson Wahl.
However, I would argue that the Rapids should aggressively go after Chris Pontius of DC United. Colorado has lacked pure goalscoring from their forwards since the Rapids won the 2010 MLS Cup. Conor Casey was recently released by the club and Omar Cummings has struggled with fitness and scoring since 2010 as well. Pontius, a native of Southern California, is 25 years old, and has been absolutely fantastic for the Black and Red since being drafted as the 7th pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.
Sure, DC United would probably be unwilling to sell or trade, but he is not a Designated Player. However, one major obstacle would be the fact that in September, DC United confirmed a long-term contract extension for the player. DC was smart to do this, as Pontius has scored 25 goals in 101 league appearances. That averages about one goal every four matches.
It is hard for clubs in MLS to make the playoffs when the forwards are scoring less goals then attacking or central midfielders. 2012 marks the second straight season where a midfielder led the team in goals. Sure, injuries have occurred between Conor Casey and Omar Cummings, but the two have not had been a dynamic duo at all since the memorable 2010 MLS Cup run.