In a somewhat surprising move, Sporting Kansas City traded team captain Davy Arnaud to the Montreal Impact. Sporting KC will receive defender Seth Sinovic and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
“After many discussions and considerations, both parties have come to an agreement,” Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said. “On behalf of Sporting, we would like to thank Davy for his service with the club and wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”
The 31-year-old midfielder was acquired in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft from West Texas A&M. Arnaud made 240 regular season appearances for the club, the most in team history. Arnaud tallied 43 goals and added 35 assists, ranking second and third—most on the team's scoring charts.
Arnaud also helped the club win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and reach the MLS Cup final in 2004.
“I am very thankful to Sporting Kansas City, the organization and the fans," Arnaud said. "I made this my home for 10 years and am so proud to have been a part of the great soccer growth in Kansas City. I look forward to my next challenge and playing in Montreal, but will never forget the wonderful times we shared here.”
In 2011, Arnaud started 16 of his 22 appearances and tallied just two assists, the fewest since his rookie year. Sports hernia surgery interrupted his season in July.
In exchange for Arnaud, Sporting KC re-acquires Sinovic, selected by the Impact in the Expansion Draft on November 23rd.
A native of Leawood, Kan., Sinovic spent the 2010 season with the New England Revolution. After a short trial with Real Salt Lake, he signed with Sporting KC and made 20 appearances last season, helping push the club to the Eastern Conference final.
"We're very happy to be in a position where we could bring back Seth," Vermes said. "We felt that over the course of last season he developed and became a big part of our team. We put an emphasis on reacquiring Seth and keeping him in his home town."