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D.C. United Signs Branko Boskovic To New Contract

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Branko Boskovic will be staying in D.C. this season and beyond
Branko Boskovic will be staying in D.C. this season and beyond

We thought it would happen, we wanted it to happen, now it's happened. D.C. United announced today that midfielder Branko Boskovic has signed a new contract.

As is normal in MLS, the terms of the contract were not disclosed, but by sifting through some of the information available online, we've learned a few things. First off, Boskovic is taking a significant pay cut from the $545,367 he was earning per year. Boskovic's new contract is said to be under the designated player threshold, meaning less than $350,000. Secondly, we have this tweet from Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner.

Earlier in the season, many of us had hoped that the club would just extend Boskovic through the remainder of the season. We're now guaranteed though that the current roster construct - with Boskovic, Hamdi Salihi, and Dwayne De Rosario all under contract as the focal points of the attack - will stay in effect for more than just 2012.

This team will get a chance to finish what it's started.

Sebi Salazar of dcunited.com spoke to Boskovic regarding the contract extension.

"The main reason [I am staying] is because this team is very good and we have a chance to be the best in MLS this year," he said on Thursday, shortly after coming to terms on an extension that will keep him in Washington through the rest of 2012. "I want to help the team go to playoffs and to try to win a championship because in a player’s career this is what you remember."

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I always wanted to speak first with D.C.," Boskovic added. "In my career I always give the first chance to the club where I am at the moment. I [wanted] to see what D.C. United wanted and what they would offer me… the club has been so good to me and I want to give them back something.

Boskovic is rewarding United for being patient with him last season as he recovered from a torn ACL that almost ended his stay in the U.S. before it had even started in full. All involved can now say that the patience was worthwhile - Boskovic is playing the best soccer of his short MLS career right now.

According to dcunited.com, Boskovic's agent had been contacted by clubs in Greece, Germany, and Austria, but he rightfully decided to stay in D.C. Look for him to start tomorrow for United against the Montreal Impact, and be an important member of the team for the remainder of the season and beyond.