Branko Boskovic, the Montenegrin midfielder whose contract was set to expire in two weeks, signed a new deal with D.C. United on Friday.
Terms were not disclosed by either the club or his agent, but Boskovic said the pact runs through the 2013 season. [Update: It’s through next summer, with club options to extend it.]
United said he would no longer be classified as a designated player, meaning he agreed to a pay cut. Boskovic, 32, was earning $409,000 in base salary and $545,000 overall — the second-highest figures on the club.
““I am happy [United] offered me something after these two years,” he said. “I must be honest: I didn’t show what I could do. I must say thank you to these people that they gave me one more chance.”
Boskovic didn’t make an impact upon arrival in the middle of the 2010 campaign and missed most of last season with a knee injury. This year, after filling a secondary role for much of the spring, he has provided more attacking influence. Coach Ben Olsen lauded his performance as a second-half substitute against the New York Red Bulls last Sunday.
Boskovic has made just five league starts in 17 matches but might receive a nod Saturday night against the Montreal Impact at RFK Stadium.
“He’s getting there,” Olsensaid. “The quality he brings is pretty evident when he comes on the field. We’re still working on him to where he needs to be to be 90 minutes fit, but he seems to be getting there and is getting stronger.
“He makes us a better soccer team, but it’s not always about soccer in this league. There are times where you need more than that, and that is always the decision I have because we have a bunch of guys who can contribute in a bunch of different areas. So there are all these reasons why he is in the spot that he is, but he’s been great and I’m sure he will continually see more time as this season goes.”