D.C. United announced today the signing of 29-year old midfielder Branko Boskovic from Montenegro. Boskovic has been playing the past three seasons with Rapid Vienna of the Austrian League where he made 123 appearances and scored 30 goals . Previous stops for the talented left-footed player were with Red Star Belgrade (where United signed Dejan Jakovic) and French first division sides Troyes and PSG. United, in need of attacking flair in central midfield, got wind of Boskovic last spring and dispatched Technical Director Chad Ashton to Austria to scout the player.
“He is an honest two-way player with special attacking qualities,” United General Manager Dave Kaspar said to the Washington Post this evening. “A very good passer, very good running with ball, excellent long-range shot and a very good finisher inside the box. He is also very dangerous on set pieces – taking them as well as he is very good in the air, he scores a lot with his head – and he is tactically very smart. So all those things we feel will help us move forward.”
United has signed two Designated Players since the inception of the rule four seasons ago, Marcelo Gallardo and Luciano Emilio, with arguable success. According to team officials Boskovic’ contract will be significantly lower than the salaries of David Beckham, Juan Pablo Angel and Landon Donovan, all of whom make in excess of $1.5 million dollars a year. Boskovic will not be eligible to suit up for the Black-and-Red until the summer transfer window opens up on July 15th.