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Branko Boskovic set to debut for D.C. United

D.C. United will receive a boost tonight when the team takes on Seattle at RFK Stadium. Montenegrin midfielder Branko Boskovic, who signed with United on June 14 as a designated player, is set to make his debut after receiving his international transfer certificate from Rapid Vienna, his former club in Austria. The international summer transfer window opened today.

Boskovic will be available and is expected to see action at some point tonight. He will likely play central midfield but could also play on the left side, where he has played with Montenegro internationally.

The 29-year-old Boskovic has played for several clubs in Europe, including French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, where he appeared in 36 games and scored three goals. He joined Rapid Vienna in 2007 and scored 30 goals in 123 appearances. He has one goal in 18 caps for the Montenegro national team.

An unlikely rivalry between the two teams has bloomed over the last year, starting with the Sounders' win over United in the U.S. Open Cup final last year. The clubs met on June 10 when D.C. beat the Sounders, 3-2, at Qwest Field. Both teams currently sit in seventh place in their respective conferences.

At halftime, Redskins Robert Henson, Jeremy Jarmon and Lendy Holmes are scheduled to take some penalty shots on the field.

The match will air on ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m.

By Jorge Castillo  |  July 15, 2010; 2:37 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Well now I know what a Redskin fan feels like when he hears that Kurt Morsink will be making an appearance at a local Mall event.

Who?

Posted by: JkR- | July 15, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"...who signed with the United on June 14..." Somehow I'm guessing Goffinho isn't back in the saddle yet.

Posted by: DC0071 | July 15, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the Black and Red, Branko.

Beat the Sounders and Vamos United!

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | July 15, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Goff tweeted something about vacation time when he staggered off the plane....

He may sleep until John Hiatt shows up at Wolf Trap again...which is July 21....

Posted by: JkR- | July 15, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I guess "a DC United game" isn't an excuse to back out of dinner for a year of dating anniversy. I'll catch the replay of ESPN3.com. Mrs. Grubbsbl still lives in the stone ages and doesn't have DVR so I imagine I am missing Burn Notice tonight too (I have DVR in Flagstaff). Hopefully Fios's On Demand option pulls through in the next few days and gets me Burn Notice. If not I expect a recap from someone tomorrow morning, to include the awesome jokes.

Hope Doskovic is a hit tonight. The center of the park could use a little added quality.

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 15, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until Goff gets back. We only have half of the story here. Boskovic is the MF DCU signed, what about the Argentine forward Hernandez? Will he be eligible tonight? I understand that his former club needs to send paperwork to DCU in order for him to play. As of four hours ago I have not seen any new information.

Posted by: no_recess | July 15, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

DCU 3 Sounders .05

Posted by: fedster | July 15, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Breaking: Bryan Namoff suspends playing career, joins technical staff: http://bit.ly/aqTLtb

Posted by: JkR- | July 15, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Start Branko right away! Season is almost lost for good! Get his a** out there immediately! We could really use some direction in the midfield!

Posted by: alan19 | July 15, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"Montenegrin midfielder Branko Boskovic, who signed with the United on June 14 as a designated player"

Ummmm...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 15, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

That's very big news about Namoff. (see JkR's link)

I'm guessing the timing of his "retirement for the foreseeable future" has to do with the league player acquisition windows?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 15, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing the timing of his "retirement for the foreseeable future" has to do with the league player acquisition windows?

++++++++++++++

I would guess the same thing. Namoff helped our youth team a few years back and I had the pleasure of communicating with him regularly. Real nice guy, and a solid MLS defender. He'll be missed.

Posted by: JkR- | July 15, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news: Pablo Hernandez has received his ITC and will be available tonight, along with #Branko. More info: http://bit.ly/aLh8Pa

Posted by: JkR- | July 15, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Bryan. This is likely a roster space/salary cap related move so I wonder if another signing will happen soon.

Posted by: tcbannon | July 15, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes to Bryan Namoff. He played with intensity and pride. I got the feeling from interviews that he truly knew how fortunate he was to play soccer for a living, instead of paying lip service. My favorite Namoff moment was the goal he scored against Chicago in an Open Cup match, the same that saw Blanco sent off.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 15, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Who in the hell are these guys that DCU signed?

Sad news about Namoff.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | July 15, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Go The Uniteds! Go!

Seriously, WaPo? Jeeziz H.

Posted by: Logan_Circle | July 15, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

How about we cut Jorge a little slack here, welcome him on board and thank him for the post?

Posted by: dccal | July 15, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Any truth to this? Bolivia to face DC United the 11th of August, which is apparently a FIFA date?

http://www.google.com/hostednews/epa/article/ALeqM5h-7OE3Yo_oSxMdaFKv6IS8XZc7Xg

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | July 15, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

BOOMER SOONER

Posted by: rockotodd | July 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update JkR. Maybe Goff should have had you take his place during his absence.

Posted by: no_recess | July 15, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

While there's no equal for the World Cup, it is awful nice to see some United news on the blog again.

Thanks Goffinho!

Posted by: jpeace121 | July 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Why an "unlikely rivalry"? They're both Washington teams, aren't they?

Posted by: Rhio | July 15, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

All the best, Bryan Namoff.

No news about Emilio. Everyone's been assuming he's out, so as far as I'm concerned no news is bad news. What's the date for the option pick-up on his contract?

In other words, somebody please tell me we didn't just retire Namoff to keep flushing money to Emilio. At this point that seems more likely to me than another signing.

Posted by: benonthehill | July 15, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I am Branko. I must break you.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | July 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Real Madrid signs Khedira from Stuttgart (and Pedro Leon from Getafe).

Spain v. Argentina in NY Sept 7th -- wow!

Posted by: Reignking | July 15, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

What is all this talk in the comments about these signings being new news? These were previously reported weeks ago. I think Paul originally reported about Boskovic. I'm not sure who reported about Hernandez.

These posts today are just about formalities.

Posted by: cakeguy | July 15, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

All the best, Bryan Namoff.

No news about Emilio. Everyone's been assuming he's out, so as far as I'm concerned no news is bad news. What's the date for the option pick-up on his contract?

In other words, somebody please tell me we didn't just retire Namoff to keep flushing money to Emilio. At this point that seems more likely to me than another signing.

Posted by: benonthehill | July 15, 2010 3:12 PM

didnt luci get hurt in the USOC at Mason? isn't there some zany MLS rule about not being able to cut injured guys? hope that doesnt bind them, as I thought the deal was up in the middle of July too....

Posted by: VTUnited | July 15, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

also, Robert Henson was the Skin last year who demonstrated what you aren't supposed to say on Twitter.

Posted by: VTUnited | July 15, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Emilio's contract expired today accoring to this post from Tenorio:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2010/07/dc_united_signs_forward_pablo.html

Posted by: addick | July 15, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

@addick,

Nice catch. Thanks. I still haven't seen an announcement on whether they pick up option, but since the contract's expired I guess that makes no news GOOD news.

Posted by: benonthehill | July 15, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I am Branko. I must break you.
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He's gonna need to put on a few more pounds before he can say that.

Posted by: DCB23 | July 15, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

hey y'all, i'm up from FL this weekend and am wondering where ppl go for beers after the game.

Posted by: DaninFL | July 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@DaninFL

Molly Malone's on 8th St is the usual bar for Barra, there are a bunch of other bars there as well if that doesn't suit you. Its the closest strip to estadio RFK.
Or Trusty's on Penn and 14th.

Posted by: rockotodd | July 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Steinbog posted this a few weeks back. Jeremy Jarmon is buddies with Barry Rice (both went to UK), and is a pretty big soccer fan.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2010/06/jeremy_jarmons_world_cup.html

Posted by: VTUnited | July 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Should be fun going to a Seattle BBQ with the LilRyan and I both rocking the black and red in about an hour...
Wore my old Emilio shirt on the plane out here this morning wondering if I'd hear news about him being waived by the end of the day.
Come on United!
No Swede tonight, no Montano. Hot, Hot heat that these westies won't be able to take.
Get them 3 points!
Vamos United!
Absolutely Gorgeous weather out here though. A nice change of pace from the sauna we've been boiling in lately in DC.
Hoping to pick up some Rainier talls any minute now....

Posted by: DadRyan | July 15, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Emilio's option has not been picked up according to Craig Stouffer at the Examiner.

Posted by: addick | July 15, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Seems like last night's last-minutes loss has left everyone speechless.

After several decent outings as left back, Graye finally showed he is, after all, a right back. After watching his errant passes and losses in possession, just before his giveaway to Nyassi I realized he had a natural nickname: Giveaway Graye. He earned it last night. I hope he soon loses it.

Keller contributed mightingly to DCU's continuing inability to finish. I don't understand him being booed -- unless he flipped an off-camera bird to the fans.

Boskovic, at least until Oswaldo got on his case, showed some creative flashes in midfield. Let's hope this continues and increases as he gets integrated into the team.

Posted by: runningcloud | July 16, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

cloud you ae INCREDIBLY optimistic.

Branko did not get past half speed in the 15 minutes he played. Couple nice touches to guys next to him, but did not work to get open for passes and didnt try anything that would actually breakdown Seattle. I thought he was TERRIBLE. Okay for about 5 minutes and then completely owned by Alonso. No DP should be dominated by a Cuban intl.

If you are just going to make little touches in the middle, you better be constantly buzzing around finding spots to get the ball (Xavi style). Otherwise, you look like a 6'3" stiff, who is not an upgrade over Morsink, much less worth DP money.

Hernandez looked alright, but constantly fell down. Hopefully that will improve as he gets used to the speed of play.

Posted by: srfinger | July 16, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Srfinger, I plead guilty to optimism. To root for DCU, it's necessary.

A "couple of nice touches" is a couple more than we've been getting in midfield. As for the rest of a DP's game ... I'll give the guy a chance to settle in. He's barely off the plane.

Posted by: runningcloud | July 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

If you are worth DP money, you should be able to hop off the plane hung over, head straight to the stadium, and pull on a pair of hightops and still show something special.

Blanco, Beckham, Schellotto and Angel could do it.

Branko and Gallardo, not so much.

Posted by: srfinger | July 16, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey srfinger - Branko just friggin joined the team! You can't evaluate his worth based on 20 minutes of play after training with the team for five days...in this heat no less. Anyway, I think he'll do just fine - I personally liked what I saw.

The reason Keller was getting booed was because he continued to keep up the "injury" act after he didn't get the foul call on that 50/50 challenge with Najar. He even had his defenders take his goal kicks for him, yet when he need to leap to make a save...he miraculously put the pain behind him. Honestly, if he was truly injured so badly that he had to gingerly limp around, especially considering his age, he probably should have come out of the game for the good of his team and his long-term prospects. But no, he kept on...he was like George Costanza caught in a lie and driving his in-laws out to an empty beach on the Hamptons!

Posted by: combedge | July 16, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Did they disclose how much they're paying Branko? He could be in the lower-tier "second" DP slot. Meaning his salary could conceivably be below $1M. Like I said, I'm not worried, I optimistic that he'll be a nice addition.

Posted by: combedge | July 16, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Branko was unimpressive in my eyes. I understand that he just joined the team and it was only 20 minutes, but as srfinger said he was dragging. At one point he was the only one among 7 or so players not running or jogging. It looked like he was playing in a preaseason game, not a tie game with 15 minutes left. At one point I commented to my roommate that he looked like he was tired even though he had just come on. And while he had a few nice one touch passes to teammates, he also lost the ball relatively easily more than once. I am still optimistic that he will play much better in the near future, but his short time last night was not very impressive.

Posted by: CYork1 | July 16, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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