Dejan Jakovic bolts D.C. United for Japanese soccer team

D.C. United has transferred Canadian international defender Dejan Jakovic to Japan's Shumizu S-Pulse. He made 94 starts and played in 98 games with one goal in five MLS seasons.

Canadian defender played 98 games in 5 MLS seasons

Canadian defender Dejan Jakovic, right, made 94 starts and played in 98 games with one goal in five MLS seasons for D.C. United. He's transferring to Japanese club Shumizu S-Pulse. (Bill Kostroun/Associated Press/File)

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 $303,340 US 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 has recently signed defenders Nana Attakora, a Canadian international, and Jalen Robinson, a US. under-20 international.

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.

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