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Montreal Impact Trade Davy Arnaud to DC United

The Montreal Impact have traded Davy Arnaud to DC United for two international spots.

Richard Wolowicz

The MLS Re-Entry Draft is upon us and MLS clubs are starting to release names eligible for Friday's Stage 1 Re-Entry Draft. The Montreal Impact could have put the name of captain, Davy Arnaud, on the 2013 Re-Entry Draft list. Instead, The Montreal Impact have traded Davy Arnaud to DC United for two international spots , one in 2014 and another in 2015.

The 33-year old midfielder was one of the biggest moves of the Jesse Marsch era ,during the 2012 MLS expansion season. The Texan came in via trade from Sporting KC after the Impact picked up the left back, Seth Sinovic, and traded him back for Arnaud.

Arnaud was deemed too expensive for the Montreal Impact as he was reported to make 290,000$ in 2013. Without being an actual shock, especially after the post-mortem press conference, Arnaud was a servicable midfielder bringing experience and intensity on the pitch.

Chastised for his ''American'', not so-technical style of play, Arnaud was a whipping boy for those that blamed him for being ''Marsch's guy'' , a tag that he could neither control, nor change.

A player that left it all on the field, he was never the same when he was out in mid-season with concussion-like symptoms.

Nick De Santis, Sporting Director

It was going to be challenging for us to bring Davy back with the salary cap and 2013 being the final year of his contract.

He has always been a true professional and leader both on and off the field. He has served his role of captain well. We'd like to thank him for all he has done over the last two years with the Impact and we wish him all the best in the future.

D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper

Davy is a versatile midfielder who has a wealth of MLS experience. He will add leadership on the field and in the locker room, and we look forward to having him as part of United.

Having played a total of 57 games with 5 goals scored in total, Arnaud's name will be forever tied with the Montreal Impact as the

  • The first captain of the club in its short MLS history
  • The first ever goal-scorer for the Montreal Impact against the Chicago Fire, at the club's first ever MLS home game

One sad moment to unfortunately remember for Arnaud was when he did not enter the field during the Impact's first MLS playoff game: He was the most experienced player in playoff games with Montreal.

Ironically, he ends up being the only player to have had a decent performance on the left side of the Montreal Impact, over the last 2 seasons, when he played there.

Merci Davy