Two days ago, I talked about the quality performance that Branko Boskovic has been putting in on the wing, but knew that we would eventually see him in central midfield as well. In yesterday’s match against FIU, that came true. At halftime, Boskovic moved centrally and, at least according to the D.C United twitter feed, was putting in some good through balls that just didn’t get converted. But the highlight of his play had to be the goal that he scored. Chris Pontius put Boskovic through on goal, and the Montenegrin chipped the keeper (actually D.C United’s Chase Harrison) for his second goal of the preseason. We will continue to see Boskovic both central and out on the wing; it won’t be until the Carolina Challenge Cup until we get some real, concrete evidence on where Boskovic will be playing during the regular season.
Some other interesting notes:
- Apparently Blake Brettschneider and Pontius had some good buildup play that led to Boskovic’s goal; maybe Brettschneider has more of a chance to make the squad than people think?
- Junior Carreiro also got injured today, injuring his thigh during the scrimmage. Hope he gets well soon, although with the depth United has on the wings, he figures to primarily be a reserve squad player.
- Speaking of wingers, it was nice to see Brandon Barklage back out on the field. He has been ravaged by injury the past two years, but I think he is a serviceable player when healthy and one who would deserve a spot on the roster.