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ProSoccerTalk’s MLS Player of the Week: Chris Pontius

New York Red Bulls v DC United

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Forward Chris Pontius #13 of D.C. United celebrates his third goal against the New York Red Bulls in the second half at RFK Stadium on April 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. D.C. United won, 4-1. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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There are so many tough decisions in life; I mean, have you walked the cereal aisle lately?

Thank heavens we get these timely reprieves. The ProSoccerTalk staff got one today.

Chris Pontius for our MLS Player of the Week? Yep. Next question … ?

I already went over some of the relevant stats involving Sunday’s showy hat trick against New York. Pontius find body of work included a smash from about 25 yards and a slaloming effort through the cone-like Red Bulls back line. Yes, the “D” was wretched, but Pontius still had to make it happen.

So how about a few words about where the young attacker is playing. Lately it’s been at striker, which seems to be working. Manager Ben Olsen says Pontius doesn’t even know the real ins and out, the true intricacies how to play the spot just yet.

If Maicon Santos partners with Pontius (as the arrangement went Sunday) then Dwayne De Rosario will be playmaking from top of the midfield diamond. Plus, there’s still Danny Cruz, Andy Najar and sizzling rookie Nick DeLeon to choose from on the wings (where Pontius played previously).

It looks like the best way forward for United. But … that means two DPs, Branko Boskovic and Hamdi Salihi will sit.

That’s hardly good roster economics – but it is what it is. It’s yet another black mark for upper management – but that’s not Olsen’s problem. It’s his job to pick the best 11 available, and it looks like he’s found it.

Past PST Players of the Week:

Round 1: Kalif Alhassan, Portland

Round 2: David Estrada, Seattle

Round 3: Thierry Henry, New York

Round 4: Thierry Henry, New York

Round 5: Kenny Cooper, New York

Round 6: Aurelien Collin, Sporting Kansas City

Round 7: D.C. United’s Chris Pontius