Branko Boskovic

D.C. United

The Andy Award, for D.C. United's best new player

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We combine awards to name one player as D.C. United's best new player

After a massive overhaul last year, D.C. United made fewer changes this year over last. And with only one obvious rookie candidate, the awards committee has decided to merge the Nelly Award, for best Newcomer, with the Andy Award, for best rookie.

D.C. United vs. New England Revolution preview: Throwback Thursday - Branko Boskovic nearly saves us all

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One windy Maryland night in 2011, Branko Boskovic happened.

The Nelly Award: Choose D.C. United's best newcomer

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This Nelly Award is as stacked a field as there has ever been for a Benny Award.

D.C. United had a massive overhaul last season, and so there are plenty of contenders for the Nelly Award, given to the best newcomer on the team. It is, of course, named after Ryan Nelsen, former D.C. United captain, MLS Cup winner, and former coach of Toronto FC.

Cake or Death? Surprise midseason acquisition Luis Silva

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With the 2013 season finally, mercifully behind us, it's time to run through the D.C. United roster and determine who should stay and eat cake and who should leave the team and find inevitable death. Today we look at attacking midfielder Luis Silva.

Historically, D.C. United has been at its best when employing a CAM, a central attacking midfielder.

The Nelly Award: Choose D.C. United's best newcomer

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The Benny Awards march ever forward and the second award to be given out is the Nelly Award, which is given to the best newcomer to the team. It is, of course, named after Ryan Nelsen, former D.C. United captain, MLS Cup winner, and now the coach of Toronto FC. Past winners of this award include Branko Boskovic, Louis Crayton, Dejan Jakovic, and Lionard Pajoy.

D.C. United acquires midfielder Luis Silva from Toronto FC for allocation

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It's been a busy, and surprisingly productive, morning at RFK Stadium. Almost immediately on the heels of announcing the sale of very recently-acquired fullback/midfielder Alain Rochat to a Swiss club, D.C. United has acquired attacking midfielder Luis Silva from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money.

D.C. United 0-0 Richmond Kickers: United advances to the fourth round of the US Open Cup on penalties

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It had to go to extra time, didn’t it? After a Branko Boskovic free kick was required to win D.C. United’s first US Open Cup game last year against the Richmond Kickers, it made sense that the same matchup a year later would also go to extra time. And after it went to extra time, it had to upstage the First Annual Bodkin Cup, so why not go to penalty kicks this time?

Eastern Conference preview

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PSP's Eastern Conference preview looks at each club and how the Union match up against them. In the end, PSP picks Michael Farfan and the Union to finish ... well, click on to read more.

First Kick 2013 Countdown: 29 Days - Michael Seaton is the future of MLS and D.C. United

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If you stick around these parts (by the bye, thanks for reading!), and if Michael Seaton grows from a 16-year-old homegrown signing for D.C. United into a real first team player, you're going to have to get used to my saying this: He is MLS' Martin Van Buren. Van Buren was awesome in a lot of ways - he has a New York street gang named for him, and he might be responsible for the global usage of the term okay.

Requiem for a Bodkin: Branko Boskovic signs with Rapid Vienna

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The Austrian press is announcing that former D.C. United midfielder Branko Boskovic has signed a contract with Rapid Vienna, the team from which Boskovic joined United. Even though his chapter with United had ended two months ago, we watched with muted interest to see where Bodkin landed in Europe.

Rumor Roundup: Jose Escalante, Rafael "Gladiador," and Branko Boskovic

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Though the Andy Najar news is the biggest of the day, there are other rumors that need to be mongered.The first is that Jose Escalante, currently with CD Olimpia in Honduras, has been linked with a move either to Mexico or to D.C. United. Escalante has only played four games with Olimpia so far, although he did play in a World Football Classic match held in Boston, scoring the only goal for Olimipia in their game against AC Milan.

D.C. United Roster Needs: Central Midfielders

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When we're looking at formations, central midfield is where the changes usually are. Teams don't go from 4231 to 3412 to maintain their central midfield trio, for example. If you're the third-best guy in that situation, you get dropped so that the back four can be maintained.

So it was for D.

Arnold Peralta Is Signing With Toronto FC - Did Kevin Payne Poach Him From D.C. United?

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It's somewhat ironic, or at least coincidental, that on the same day that we raise the question of how D.C. United would have fared this season without Branko Boskovic, another MLS team is in the process of signing a player who may have been on United's short list to replace him early in the year.

What If D.C. United Had Not Re-Signed Branko Boskovic?

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Heading into the start of the 2012 season, we didn't really know what to expect from Branko Boskovic.

The last we saw of Boskovic, he was destroying the New England Revolution in a U.S. Open Cup match, to the tune of multiple goals and several other chances. Surely you remember, because you were there.

MLS News: Hernandez Retires, Boskovic Leaves

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Daniel Hernandez retired Wednesday from FC Dallas but will join the team's coaching staff effective immediately. Hernandez, 36, was drafted by the LA Galaxy in 1998. The midfielder played 204 matches for five teams during his Major League Soccer career [...]

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Branko Boskovic and D.C. United Mutually Agree to Part Ways

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D.C. United announced this morning that the Branko Boskovic will be returning to Europe and will not be with the team in 2013. As Dave Kasper revealed in an interview published by Steve Goff yesterday, the Montenegrin midfielder has been dealing with family issues and worked out a mutual termination of his contract with the team and MLS.

Dynamo Reach Fourth MLS Cup Final with 1-1 Draw

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The Houston Dynamo advanced to the MLS Cup final with a 1-1 draw against D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Sunday. After losing 3-1 at Houston last week, D.C. entered the match needing to win by two goals to at [...]

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MLS Playoffs: D.C. United vs. Red Bulls (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls have made the trip down I-95 to take on D.C. United in the Eastern Conference playoff semifinals, which kick off tonight in first-leg action at RFK Stadium (8pm, NBC Sports).

D.C. United enters tonight's match on a seven-match unbeaten streak, riding a strong defense and the attacking efforts of Chris Pontius, Branko Boskovic and Nick DeLeon to a strong finish despite losing reigning MLS MVP Dwayne DeRosario for the rest of the regular season with an injury.

United vs Chicago: 1-1 draw locks up 2nd place in the Eastern Conference for United

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Lionard Pajoy's second-half goal was the response D.C. United were looking for in their 1-1 draw this afternoon against the Chicago Fire. With that all-important point, United avoided the knockout match between the 4th and 5th seeds in the upcoming playoffs and secured 2nd place in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew Reax: Playoffs, baby! Back where we belong.

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Ahem: WOOOOOOOO!!!!

With that out of the way, let's see what's being said around the intertubes about D.C. United's playoffs-clinching 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew.

What They're Saying About It

Shatzer: We weren't surprised to see both teams going for the win, with so much at stake in the dying moments of the game and the dying moments of the season.

Neal winner pushes D.C. United into playoffs

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D.C. United looked like they might fall short of victory in their home finale on Saturday night, with the Columbus Crew showing the fight you would expect from a team battling for its playoff life, but Lewis Neal delivered a goal that not only won the match, but also ended United's lengthy playoff drought.

D.C. United Forward Lionard Pajoy Has His Detractors, But Why?

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Since arriving at D.C. United via a trade with the Philadelphia Union, Lionard Pajoy has started all 10 games that the team has played. That's a stat that not even Chris Pontius can claim. In his time with United, Pajoy has scored two goals and assisted on another. That's a decent strike rate for the Columbian forward, especially when you consider that this team is built around the attacking strength of the midfield.

Vote For The 2012 D.C. United Goal Of The Year

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D.C. United has scored more goals in the 2012 season than all but three other teams in MLS. Some of them have been a bit lucky. Some have been opportunistic. But some have been very attractive. Some have been game-winners. Some have come at huge moments, or in huge games.

You can vote for your favorite Goal of the Year on dcunited.

GameThread 32: D.C. United Vs. Toronto FC

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This is the first must-win match of the 2012 season for D.C. United. A win would put the team six points clear of the playoff line, and one win away from essentially clinching a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. A win would guarantee that the Columbus Crew could do no better than tie United for the final playoff spot, with D.

The Sizzle Query: Branko ‘Bish’ Boskovic, D.C. United

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Image via DC United. We spend our working lives testing the impact of asshattery on our affections, and in the grand scheme of things, Branko Boskovic's bitching about being picked (or not) for D.C. United is nothing more than a tiny chink in his fetching love armour. Especially since he scored in DC's victory over [.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: D.C. United

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The past week wasn' exactly a lesson in beautiful soccer for D.C. United, but for a team that recently lost reigning league MVP Dwayne DeRosario to an injury, finding a way to generate vital results in the thick of a playoff race is beautiful in its own right.

Riding some tough defending and some opportunistic finishing, D.

DCU Reax, Game 30: Benny Olsen Pushes Impact Sub (and Winning) Streak to Three Games, and Counting

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Fixed starting XI? We don't need no stinking fixed starting XI!

For the third straight game since Dwayne De Rosario went out for the season with an MCL sprain, D.C. United won by one goal Sunday night. For the third straight game, United ran out a starting XI, and a starting formation, different from the previous game.

United vs Chivas USA: Boskovic game-winner pushes United further up the Eastern Conference table

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Branko Boskovic's 64th minute diving header was all D.C. United would need to wrap up a 9-point week and climb up into a tie for 3rd place in the Eastern Conference with New York Red Bull. The 1-0 win for United is their third in a row since losing team captain Dwayne De Rosario to a season-ending knee injury on Sept 12th.

D.C. United win another close one to pull into tie with RBNY for third place in East

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Life without Dwayne DeRosario doesn't figure to be easy for D.C. United, but for the second straight match they benefited from tough defending and some opportunistic finishing to pull out a close victory without the reigning league MVP.

Branko Boskovic came off the bench and delivered a game-winning goal in the 64th minute, heading home a Lionard Pajoy cross to give D.

Boskovic Goal Gives D.C. United Third Straight Win

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On a weekend in which their two closest competitors lost, D.C. United picked up three huge points in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Branko Boskovic came off the bench in the second half to provide United a 1-0 win at home against Chivas USA.

The sluggish affair seemed like it might end without a goal until the 64th minute when Lionard Pajoy beat his defender and hit a low cross into the box.

D.C. United 1-0 Chivas USA: Branko Boskovic Nets Winner As Defense Holds Steady

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The stories about Branko Boskovic write themselves. Publicly criticized by his coach, repeatedly subbed out just barely into the second half, and now finding himself on the bench to start the match. Many players would mope, or beg to return home where the playing time comes easier. That's not what Boskovic did though.

GameThread 29: D.C. United Vs. Chivas USA

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With two matches in the last week against teams outside of playoff position, D.C. United was able to hold serve. No upsets, no breaks. Meanwhile, we've seen the New York Red Bulls gain only a point against the New England Revolution, and the Columbus Crew fall to the Chicago Fire. Things are working out just fine for United so far this weekend.

Major League Soccer

Flown The Nest: United Alumni News and Notes

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The Black-and-Red’s second pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft signs with Sporting Kansas City, Branko Boskovic impresses in Austria and much more!

It's our weekly roundup of United alumni, starting with some very good news for 2014 SuperDraft pick Victor Munoz, who has joined a new club.

Victor Munoz signs with Sporting Kansas City

One of D.

Non-Orange Things: You Will Find No Beckham Mentioned Here

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Chicago Fire

Corey Gibbs' retired after battling a knee injury he couldn't overcome.

Austin Berry won Rookie of the Year

D.C. United

The contract with Branko Boskovic was mutually terminated due to the players need to return to Europe and deal with family matters.

Houston wins the East

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Houston drew 1-1 with DC on the night at RFK Stadium, taking the Eastern Conference final series 4-2 on aggregate. Oscar Garcia scored for Houston in the 33rd minute, with Branko Boskovic equalizing for United in the 83rd.

Andy Najar

Diego Restrepo to MLS, praise for Andy Najar, and Branko Boskovic is out of shape

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As he does from time to time, Steve Goff is playing mind games with all of us. And who am I to deny his call to "do the math"?

USA GK Diego Restrepo (America Cali, Tachira) will train this week at U of Virginia ahead of preseason with #MLS club. U do the math

- Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 15, 2013

Diego Restrepo is a goalkeeper who, upon graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010, went to play with América de Cali in Colombia and then moved on to Deportivo Táchira in Venezuela.

Rumor Roundup: Andy Najar, Branko Boskovic, and Disney Pro Soccer Classic

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The Andy Najar in Belgium story continues to cruise along, with United States National Team player Sacha Kljestan talking to the Belgian press about Najar. In particular, Kljestan remembers Najar scoring against Chivas USA in his last game before coming to Anderlecht. Ever since that goal, in Najar's first season, Kljestan has kept tabs on him, knowing that he would be great someday.

2012 MLS Cup Playoff Predictions From The B&RU Writers

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The 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs are underway, with the Houston Dynamo and all of their experience predictably knocking off the Chicago Fire tonight at Toyota Park. And so it's time for your five favorite writers from your fifth favorite blog to share our predictions for the MLS Cup.

Chest: Back in March, I declared that it was time for a fifth star for United.

The Rest

The Nelly: Vote For D.C. United's Greatest Newcomer of 2012

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The 2012 Bennies continue with an award for the best newcomer. The Nelly Award goes to the greatest non-rookie player on the D.C. United roster. This means that the player must either be new to the league or acquired via a trade or some other mechanism that isn't the Superdraft or homegrown signing.

Post-Thanksgiving news links

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Some news links to read with your post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich.