The club's busy offseason continues as it prepares to offload the Canada national team center back, who made more than $300,000 last season.D.C. United's eventful offseason has taken another intriguing twist.
United is set to sell Canada national team center back Dejan Jakovic to Shimizu S-Pulse, a top-flight Japanese club, a source has told Goal USA's Ives Galarcep. The MLS side will receive a transfer fee in the low-six-figure range for the 28-year-old, whose guaranteed compensation in 2013 was more than $300,000.
In March, Jakovic played 90 minutes for the Canada squad that fell 2-1 to Japan in a friendly in Doha, Qatar.
Jakovic, who joined United in 2009, is the club's second longest-tenured player behind Chris Pontius, who joined that same offseason. Although Jakovic has shown flashes of being a top MLS center back, particularly during the 2012 playoffs and 2013 U.S. Open Cup final, the Canadian was also plagued by injuries and inconsistency, never playing more than 23 games in a regular season and logging just 18 matches last year.
In the re-entry draft, United acquired two center backs, adding veteran Bobby Boswell in last week's first stage and the rights to 24-year-old Nana Attakora in the second stage Wednesday. Boswell now figures to start alongside fourth-year player Ethan White in central defense for United, which this offseason has also added U.S. national team striker Eddie Johnson, right back Sean Franklin, midfielder Davy Arnaud and the rights to forward Fabian Espindola.