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One Day in DC

DC United’s Chris Pontius will be on the field at RFK this Saturday for a game against Montreal Impact. But when he’s not scoring goals, the Southern California native has made DC his second home. We asked the resident pinup-worthy soccer star to share his version of a winning day in Washington.

DC United’s Chris Pontius

11am: “I’d start off with brunch at Masa 14,” the Latin-Asian fusion stalwart on 14th Street, says Pontius. “All you can eat, and unbelievable small plates.” 1825 14th St. NW, 202.328.1414, masa14.com

1pm: Head downtown for a walk around the National Mall and a stop at the Newseum, “my favorite museum in the city.” 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.292.6100, newseum.org

3pm: Hit up Circa for lunch. The Dupont Circle cafe has “some of the best people-watching on their outdoor patio.” 1601 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.667.1601, circaatdupont.com

4pm: Get out and about on one of the shared bikes from Capital Bikeshare and end up at Georgetown’s Kafe Leopold for a coffee. 3315 M St. NW, 202.965.6005, kafeleopolds.com

7pm: Back to tapas-style plates at the Greek-themed Cava Mezze on Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row. “I’m a big fan of small plates because I usually can’t make up my mind about what I want for dinner. Their pork belly is incredible.” 527 Eighth St. SE, 202.543.9090, cavamezze.com

10pm: Wrap up the night with friends at Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown, the swanky neighborhood’s classic piano bar. “I try and sing along with most songs, but I’m probably singing the wrong words!” 3104 M St. NW, 202.333.3104, mrsmiths.com