United's 2013 roster beginning to take shape


United's 2013 roster beginning to take shape

In just the first week of the postseason D.C. United has already begun to reveal the shape of their 2013 roster with announcements concerning their backline and midfield.  

On Tuesday the club announced that it will retain the services of defender Dejan Jakovic. This season Jakovic appeared in 23 matches, starting 21, and picked up his first MLS goal.

“Dejan has become one of the top central defenders in Major League Soccer and finished his best season at D.C. United,” D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said via press release. “We are thrilled to have secured his future at our club. It is an important objective of ours to keep our back line intact moving into 2013, and this signing is a big step in that direction.”

Jakovic joined the club in the Spring of 2009 after he was acquired from the infamous serbian team, Red Star Belgrade. At the time, Jakovic was told that United was looking to build their defense around the then 23-year-old. Since the move, Jakovic has been a solid mainstay on the Black and Red backline and is DCU's longest-tenured defender. To date, Jakovic has played in 80 games, 77 starts for United.

Dejan took to Twitter on Tuesday to express his excitement over his new contract:

Very excited to continue playing for DC United! Thanks to the whole DC United family and the best fans in the MLS!

— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) November 20, 2012

A day later, the team announced that they would part ways with midfielder Branko Boskovic.  Boskovic has spent three seasons with United, started in each of D.C.'s four playoff games this year and scored the club's only goal in the second match of the Eastern Conference Final against Houston.  

Citing family reasons, United agreed to mutually terminate the Montenegrin-born midfielder's contract.  

"I have had some private family matters for several months now," said Boskovic in a team press release. "It’s a difficult decision for me after a very good season here. I think that we will get better and better, but now I must leave. I wish all the best to this team and this club. This city is going to be my heart in the future."

Boskovic joined DCU as a designated player on June 14, 2010 from the Australian Bundesliga's Rapid Vienna. He played in 43 games, including 21 starts, notching two goals and seven assists during his tenure in D.C.

D.C. United edges Vancouver on controversial penalty

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D.C. United edges Vancouver on controversial penalty

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Lamar Neagle scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute and D.C. United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

The penalty was awarded after defender Kendall Waston was called for hauling down Jose Ortiz in the box. The B.C. Place Stadium fans voiced their displeasure when replays showed Waston barely touched Ortiz.

Neagle sent the ball into the top corner for his sixth goal of the season. United improved to 4-6-2.

The Whitecaps (5-6-1) had a chance to tie it in extra time. Vancouver was awarded a penalty kick following a collision between United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and Vancouver's Brek Shea. Cristian Techera took the shot, but hit the post.

Barron Trump plays soccer with D.C. United players at Easter Egg Roll

Barron Trump plays soccer with D.C. United players at Easter Egg Roll

D.C. United participated at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday at the invite of event organizers.

Throughout the day, the select players on hand played soccer with the children present.

And one of them was Barron Trump, the 11-year-old son of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

While there, United forward Patrick Mullins and midfielders Julian Buescher and Marcelo Sarvas all received an unscheduled invitation to meet Barron in the White House, where they talked soccer and even kicked around the ball. Sarvas' eldest son, who is around Barron's age, and Talon, the United mascot, also played.

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“He was very knowledgeable about soccer, knew about D.C. United and was interested to know more,” Mullins told the Washington Post. “Little kid to have a passion for the game and to be knowledgeable and have a conversation with us, it makes me feel good about kids growing up playing the game.”

At some point during the day, 94.7 Fresh FM’s Dana McKay tweeted a photo of Barron outside the White House playing soccer in an Arsenal jersey.

According to the Post, Barron received a D.C. United soccer ball that was signed by the players and personalized with a message welcoming him to Washington. He also has an open invitation from the team to visit with them.

Barron currently lives in New York City with his mother.