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Canadian Jakovic leaves D.C. United for team in Japan

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The Canadian Press
1/14/2014 10:51:08 AM
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TORONTO -- D.C. United has transferred Canadian international defender Dejan Jakovic to Japan's Shumizu S-Pulse.

Jakovic, who signed with United in February 2009 from Serbia's Red Star Belgrade, made 94 starts and played in 98 games with one goal in five MLS seasons.

"We would like to thank Dejan for his contributions to our club, and for all that he did on and off the field during his time at D.C. United," D.C. GM Dave Kasper said in a statement Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Jakovic made US$303,340 last season, third highest on the United payroll.

The team is remaking its roster after posting a league-worst 3-24-7 record last season. United traded for veteran Philadelphia defender Jeff Parke on Tuesday and previously signed defenders Nana Attakora, a Canadian international, and Jalen Robinson, a U.S. under-20 international.

"In Jeff, we have acquired a starting veteran centre back who instantly upgrades our backline," Kasper said. "Jeff has over 200 starts in MLS, and at 31, has many years to contribute to our team at a high level."

Born in Croatia, Jakovic moved to Canada with his family when he was six. He played in 18 games (17 starts) for D.C. United last season.

"I want to thank (at)dcunited staff all the fans & players I have played with during my time here. Always a spot 4 u in my heart. .VamosUnited!!" he tweeted.

Dejan Jakovic  (Photo: Abelimages/Getty Images)

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