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“Maybe I’m not good enough physically for this league,” Boskovic said. “Maybe this league is stronger — I don’t know. But I also played in two, three leagues that are strong also and good in Europe, and there I play.”

With captain and attacking catalyst Dwayne De Rosario, the reigning league Most Valuable Player, sidelined 10 to 12 weeks with a sprained knee ligament, Olsen knows he will have to lean on Boskovic as United (13-10-5) look to clinch a playoff berth in the season’s final six games.

It was a notion he reiterated ahead of Thursday’s trip to face the Philadelphia Union (7-13-6).

“I’m not going to make this a big issue. I don’t have an ego with this stuff,” Olsen said. “I don’t care. I care about this team and winning games and doing the right thing for this team. That’s fine. I realized from about a week in that I can’t please all my players.

Branko’s been a great soldier. I’m surprised it’s taken him this long to say something, to be honest.”

NOTE: Forward and assistant coach Josh Wolff (nine appearances, one start) has undergone surgery to repair a lower back disc herniation. The time frame for his return is unknown.