*Judging by D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen’s postgame comments late Sunday, Branko Boskovic will probably start Saturday against the Montreal Impact at RFK Stadium.
Asked about the club’s encouraging performance in the final 35 minutes, Olsen said: “Overall I saw some really good attacking stuff, and Branko was a part of a lot of them. He came in and slowed the game down for us and gave us some real possession.”
So don’t be surprised to see Boskovic in the central midfield attacking slot behind Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius.
*Silly season is upon us update: Zero truth to the Internet machine rumors that United has signed Ukrainian superstar Andriy Shevchenko. The sides haven’t even spoken, let alone agreed to a contract.
“At the moment, I have not made a decision about my future -- whether to continue playing football or retire, whether to stay in Ukraine or leave the country,” he told Reuters in this report today.
*Why did Danny Cruz, who hadn’t played since late May, start over Andy Najar on Sunday? Cruz offers more bite to his game, and in this particular matchup, he was better suited to face the Red Bulls. The decision paid off in the first minute when Cruz initiated and assisted on the first goal. Najar’s late entry added a spark and helped United nearly steal a point.
Why did Dejan Jakovic start over Emiliano Dudar? Dudar hasn’t been in top form of late: U.S. Open Cup and training sessions.
*Five of Chris Pontius’s team-high eight goals this season have come against the Red Bulls. In his career vs. New York, he has scored six times in seven meetings.
*Awaiting word on Paris Saint-Germain becoming the replacement for Juventus in the July 28 friendly against United at RFK Stadium. Maybe an announcement Tuesday?
*Top of the Eastern Conference standings:
Red Bulls 30 points from 16 matches
United 30 from 17
Sporting Kansas City 29 from 15
Chicago Fire 24 from 15
Friday: Chicago at Kansas City
Saturday: New York at Toronto, D.C. vs. Montreal
*Enjoy the moderate temperatures in the nation’s capital over the next few days because by the end of the week — and for United’s home match Saturday night — the oppressive stuff will be back. Long-range forecasts call for 100 degrees during the day.