HEIGHT: 6-0. WEIGHT: 170
HOMETOWN:Yorba Linda, Calif.
YOUTH CLUBS: Irvine Strikers, Canyon Classic.
COLLEGE:UC Santa Barbara
NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE: None.
STARTING OUT:I started playing when I was 5 years old. I played other sports, too. I loved soccer my whole life. In high school, we had a good program. I decided to focus on soccer and see how far I could take my game. I also hit a growth spurt and went on from there.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: I was young, about 10 or 11 years old. The first time I was with a travel team, we went to Las Vegas for a tournament. We won and I still have the trophy. It doesn't feel so big now but when we won it, it felt huge and heavy.
FIRST CLEATS: I don't know but I'm sure I used them for baseball, too.
CURRENT CLEATS: Adidas AdiPures & Adidas F50s.
OTHER SPORTS: Baseball, basketball, flag football.
FAVORITE TEAMS: Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Angels, Manchester United and Los Angeles Lakers.
FAVORITE PLAYER(S): Cristiano Ronaldo & Fernando Torres.
FAVORITE MOVIES: "Man on Fire," "Beverly Hills Ninja" and "Wedding Crashers."
FAVORITE ACTOR: Denzel Washington.
FAVORITE ACTRESS: Kate Beckinsale.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
LIVING SITUATION: I share an apartment with [teammate] Rodney Wallace. It's a 2-bedroom apartment that's close to downtown. It beats dorm living!
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: I don't think about that right now. I'm focused on trying to help the team and staying in the lineup.
MLS EXPERIENCE: It's going a lot better than I expected my first season to go. In preseason, I wasn't playing as well as I wanted to. But, I've been able to play every minute of every game. I'm just trying to earn the respect of the older players and the coaches.
COLLEGE: It was amazing. I loved it. I was at a good university and near the beach. I learned a lot and played with great players and a great staff. I made a lot of friends.
MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH: My high school [Servite] coach, Mike Lussier.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach): I don't know if there's been one thing. My freshman year at UCSB there was a coach named Leo Chappel. He pushed me and told me a lot of things helped push me to the next level.
HOBBIES: Watching TV, I used to go to the beach, eating a lot of food. I need to get a hobby!
MUSIC:Everything. rap, Hip-hop, alternative and mainstream country.
READING:I read up on soccer stuff. I like mlsnet.com.
VACATION: I went to Hawaii once. That was amazing. I want to go to Portugal.
FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU'D INVITE TO DINNER: Cristiano Ronaldo, Will Smith, Kate Beckinsale and Barack Obama.
VIDEO (Pontius' debut goal)
VIDEO (Pontius' stoppage-time gamewinner)