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*D.C. United midfielder Branko Boskovic was scheduled to see a team doctor again today to determine a course of action for his injured left knee. The club announced Friday that he had torn the ACL and suffered a hairline fracture in the U.S. Open Cup qualifier last week, a setback that would require surgery and sideline him for at least four months.

Additional details are expected Tuesday, General Manager Dave Kasper said.

By placing Boskovic on injured reserve, United would gain a roster opening but have to continue applying his contract toward the salary cap. As a designated player, he counts $335,000 toward the $2.675 million limit for 20 players.

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*In the first training session since the 4-1 debacle at Houston on Friday, Coach Ben Olsen ran an intense practice session. Multiple times, he yelled at the group, to the point where he sounded as if he were going to lose his voice.

“We’ve talked a lot. I’m kind of tired of talking. We’ve all looked in the mirror and hopefully we’ll have a response” Wednesday night against the Seattle Sounders at RFK Stadium.

Overall, “This is still a process. We need to get a little further along in the process and quicker. ... There’s going to be some speed bumps with it and I was hoping we wouldn’t have as big of the bumps last weekend, but we’re still in this together and it’s still very early. I’m still very disappointed the way we went about that game, but hopefully we’ve hashed it out.”

Comparing the New York and Houston matches, in which United conceded eight goals total, “In both games, I felt the mental lapses were there on the defensive side. ... The set piece stuff is really killing us.”

On Boskovic: “I don’t think it looks good. I certainly feel for him.”

“We’re in not a state of panic, but it’s real worrisome,” midfielder Santino Quaranta said. “Everybody has to understand that this is not a hobby, this is our job. The passion wasn’t there and that’s unacceptable. Making mistakes is okay, but the way they’re being made is not good enough.”

On Olsen’s mood at practice, “He suffers as well as us. He doesn’t sleep, just like I don’t. He’s going to make sure it changes.”

*To watch the Dynamo’s video tribute to DCU goalkeepers coach Pat Onstad, click here.

*For Post blogger Jeff Maurer’s take on the Houston fiasco, go here.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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