In this edition of the D.C. United Rumor Roundup, we talk Andy Najar in Belgium, Branko Boskovic in China, and the lineup for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
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. Anderlecht will soon be traveling to Turkey for their winter break training camp, and Andy is expected to attend; there will be more concrete information about the nature of this training stint around that time.
While Branko Boskovic is no longer a D.C. United player, many of us are interested in where he will end up. As we all expected, Boskovic's former club, Rapid Vienna, wants to bring him back; this also seems to mesh with the reasons that Boskovic wanted to leave D.C., in order to attend to a family matter. However, he apparently has an offer from a Chinese club as well, one that would pay him much more money than he would make in Austria. Regardless of where he ends up, I wish him the best and continued success.
Finally, two pieces of news that are not really rumors, but that I wanted to mention. The first bit of news comes as a surprise to no one: midfielder Stephen King and defender Mike Chabala have been let go by the team. King withdrew from the re-entry process after the first round, while Chabala passed through both without anyone picking him. The second bit of news is that the group matchups for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic have been announced. United has been drawn into Group B, with Tampa Bay Rowdies, Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City rounding out that group. After group play is finished, each team will play its corresponding number in the opposite group, which consists of Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC and Columbus Crew. This tournament runs February 9th through the 20th.