*When midfielder Branko Boskovic agreed to a new contract last month, we knew he would have to settle for a substantial paycut in order to remain with D.C. United. The speculation here was a deal worth $225,000.
With the MLS players’ union having released updated figures Wednesday, Boskovic’s new number is now known: $195,000 base salary and $242,000 in guaranteed compensation. He was earning $409,000 and $545,000.
Other notable new numbers:
Montreal Impact defender Alessandro Nesta: 180/225
Philadelphia Union defender Bakary Soumare: 240/280
Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kenny Miller: 1.22m/1.24m
Chicago Fire forward Sherjill MacDonald: 360/487
Chicago Fire forward Chris Rolfe: 175/198
Columbus Crew forward Jairo Arrieta 216/225
Houston Dynamo forward Oscar Boniek Garcia: 120/151
Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio: 1.0m/1.9m
Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Barry Robson 440/596
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*At this morning’s workout, Ben Olsen’s first-team lineup included Bill Hamid in goal; Chris Korb, Brandon McDonald, Emiliano Dudar and Daniel Woolard (later replaced by Lewis Neal) on the backline; Nick DeLeon and Chris Pontius on the flanks; Perry Kitchen supporting Boskovic; and Dwayne De Rosario paired with Long Tan.
Perhaps the starting group for Saturday’s home match against the Columbus Crew?
The second unit included Olsen at left back.
*Homegrown defender Conor Shanosky, on a season-long to Fort Lauderdale in the second-tier NASL, has played the most minutes among the Strikers’ field players (1710 of 1800) and is tied with goalkeeper Matt Glaeser for most starts (all 20 matches).
Shanosky, 20, will return to Washington after the NASL campaign — the regular season ends Sept. 23, followed by the playoffs. If United chooses to activate him, a current player would have to be de-activated. Lance Rozeboom, out all season with a knee injury, would be the obvious candidate. At that late stage of the MLS season, however, the likelihood of Shanosky earning first-team playing time is slim.
Nonetheless, the club is pleased with his progress with the Strikers and believes he will have more to offer next preseason.
Had Shanosky not gone on loan, he would’ve been limited primarily to reserve division matches. United (1-1-1) has played just three reserve games this season. The next one is Sunday at 11 a.m. against the Crew (6-2-0) at the RFK training grounds. Admission is free.
*An addendum to my feature about Bill Hamid the other day: Albanian forward Hamdi Salihi is also Muslim (as are 70 percent of Albanians), but he didn’t grow up in a religious family and doesn’t observe Ramadan. He pointed out that, during Communist rule between 1967 and 1991, religious activity was banned. Hence, religion hasn’t had a large role in modern Albanian life and the government is secular.