D.C. United announced today the club has signed Montenegrin midfielder Branko Bošković as a Designated Player. Bošković comes to United from Rapid Vienna, one of the most successful sides in the Austrian Bundesliga, where the left-footed player made 104 appearances from 2007-2010. He will become available for selection by United Head Coach Curt Onalfo upon the opening of the FIFA transfer window July 15 and the arrival of his International Transfer Certificate.
“We are excited to have concluded a deal to bring Branko to D.C. United,” said United General Manager Dave Kasper. “He is a very technical player who creates and scores goals from midfield positions. Branko has a tremendous amount of experience with several top clubs in Europe and at the national team level. We look forward to Branko’s contributions to our club.”
Playing primarily in the midfield, Bošković has created offensive opportunities throughout his 14-year professional tenure while featuring for some of the most storied clubs in Europe. The 29-year-old first came to prominence at Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade, former club of current United defender Dejan Jakovic. From 1999 through the 2003 campaign, Bošković played 123 times for Red Star, scoring 30 goals. The midfielder was the attacking spark that propelled Red Star to the 2000 and 2001 Serbo-Montenegrin Football League titles, as well as three Serbo-Montenegrin Cups in 1999, 2000, and 2002.
Bošković’s ascendancy at Red Star earned him a high-profile transfer to French giants Paris Saint-Germain in 2003. From 2003 through 2006, Bošković played 36 times for PSG, scoring three goals. In the 2005-2006 campaign, the midfielder went on loan to fellow French side Troyes AC, making 19 appearances for the club.
After his loan spell concluded, Bošković joined up with Rapid Vienna in 2007. From the time of his signing through the 2009-2010 campaign, the midfielder made 104 appearances for Rapid, scoring 19 goals in league play. Bošković helped the side to the 2007-2008 Austrian championship, along with the 2008 Austrian Supercup.
At the international level, Bošković made his debut for Yugoslavia on March 27, 2002 in a friendly against Brazil. With Serbia-Montenegro (the former Yugoslavia), he appeared a total of 12 times, scoring once. With the formation of Montenegro, Bošković was selected to the country’s independent national side, playing for his nation for the first time against Hungary in March of 2007. Overall, Bošković has one goal in 18 caps for Montenegro, for whom he serves as their captain.