The Washington Times - November 21, 2012, 07:10AM

D.C. United and midfielder Branko Boskovic have agreed to mutually part ways so the Montenegro international can attend to family matters, the club announced Wednesday.

Coming off a torn ACL, Boskovic recorded one goal and seven assists in 26 regular-season games (12 starts) before starting all four playoff matches, scoring in Sunday’s season-ending 1-1 draw with Houston.

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“I have had some private family matters for several months now,” Boskovic said. “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.”

Originally signed as a designated player, the 32-year-old signed a new one-year contract in June that reduced his base salary to $195,240.

“It’s important that Branko return to Europe to be with his family at this time and thus we are mutually terminating his contract,” general manager Dave Kasper said. “We thank Branko for all of his efforts with United, including some wonderful performances this year.”

For additional news, notes and analysis as we start the offseason, take a look at my notebook in today’s paper and my column breaking down United’s bright future that ran Tuesday.