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D.C. United Approval Ratings: Branko Boskovic

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Branko Boskovic's 2011 season ended before it ever really began
Branko Boskovic's 2011 season ended before it ever really began

We're spending the first month or so of the D.C. United offseason grading each player on the roster with an approval rating. A vote for APPROVE means you were satisfied with the player's performance and want to see him back in D.C. next season. A vote for DISAPPROVE means you want United to move on without him. There is no middle ground, so please leave salary and contract implications out of your decision.

The exact day that Branko Boskovic's 2011 season was about to really get going, it ended. Did his MLS career end the same day?

The Montenegran midfielder was relegated to the bench by Ben Olsen for the start of the season. Was Olsen just saving Boskovic for later? Or did he report out of shape? It's hard to say, but Boskovic sure didn't look out of shape on Apr. 27, 2011, when he scored two beautiful second half goals to lead an attempted comeback against the New England Revolution in the play-in round of the U.S. Open Cup. Unfortunately though, an ACL tear would end Boskovic's 2011 season later in that match.

Boskovic played just 124 minutes in four regular season matches for United this year, and has yet to contribute a goal or an assist in 17 total matches in his MLS career. But he has the talent to do so much more. Just imagine how different the season may have been if he'd stayed healthy. Imagine how different next season could be.