D.C. United back to square one in search for scorer

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It was a bitter end to an up-and-down campaign for the 19-year-old, who was in and out of the lineup to start the season before representing Honduras at the London Olympics and emerging as a dynamic right back late in the year.

“Obviously, it was very difficult for me,” Najar said via a translator. “You learn from your mistakes. You don’t want to commit the same errors again next year.”

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Olsen said the status of pricey midfielder Branko Boskovic, who is under contract until next summer but questionable to return, will likely be resolved “in the next day or two.” Boskovic had one goal and seven assists in 26 games (12 starts) before starting all four playoff contests, scoring against Houston on Sunday.

• Goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who practiced last fall with English side West Bromwich Albion, grinned and said, “No comment right now,” when asked if he was poised for another training stint abroad this offseason.

• Aside from bolstering the team’s forward corps, Olsen said adding midfield depth was United’s top personnel concern. The squad suffered there once reserve winger Danny Cruz was traded to Philadelphia in August and Najar made his move to right back.

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