D.C. United gains leadership with signing of Davy Arnaud

With the signing of Davy Arnaud, D.C. United adds leadership and experience to a young club. Photo: Davy Arnaud/ AP

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2013 — D.C. United continues to build and restructure its roster for the 2014 season. The club said goodbye to six players recently and on Tuesday the team acquired veteran midfielder Davy Arnaud from Montreal Impact in exchange for an international roster spot for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The 33-year-old played in 57 games (52 dtarts) in two seasons with the Impact and was named captain of the team both years.

“Davy is a versatile midfielder who has a wealth of MLS experience,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper. “He will add leadership on the field and in the locker room, and we look forward to having him as part of United.”

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Arnaud, a 12-year MLS veteran, spent most of his career with Sporting Kansas City where he played 297 matches (265 starts), scoring 48 goals and assisting 43 more from 2002-2011.

United recently declined the options on Dwayne De Rosario, James Riley, Carlos Ruiz, Marcelo Saragosa, John Thorrington, and Daniel Woolard. All these players have the option to enter Thursday’s 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft.  

Arnaud will bring the leadership the club needs after losing veterans De Rosario and Thorrington.

The Nederland, Texas native has made seven appearances for the U.S. men’s national team, scoring goal.

 John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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