D.C United acquired veteran midfielder Davy Arnaud Tuesday afternoon from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an International Player spot for the next two seasons. In what will be the first of many moves heading into the 2014 MLS season, United has acquired a savvy veteran player who will immediately have a positive impact in the locker room.
Arnaud, who will turn 34 in June, was out of contract with Montreal but negotiated a new deal with United before finalizing the trade according to the Washington Post.
United has made a number of roster moves in the past month to help free up approximately $1 million dollars in cap space. The move to acquire Arnaud will be the first of many moves in the upcoming weeks.
Arnaud scored the very first goal for the expansion Impact in the 2012 season as captain of the squad. Arnaud also played for 10 years with Sporting Kansas City prior to his move to Montreal. Arnaud is most comfortable in central midfield but can also play on either wing. Considering his age and recent injury history, Arnaud will most likely play a key reserve role for Ben Olsen’s soon-to-be rebuilt squad.
With the Re-Entry Draft Stage 1 upon us this week, United will have another opportunity to add an experienced MLS player to their roster. If United chooses a player in Thursday’s Stage 1 Draft, they will have to pick up that players salary from the 2013 season plus a modest increase. Even with a choice of many good players available to United (they have the first pick by virtue of their last-place finish in 2013) on Thursday, United has to be judicious in the player they select for various reasons, a high salary cap hit chief among them.
United does not have to choose a player in Stage 1 and will retain their top-pick status for Stage 2 next week. In the Stage 2, you can negotiate any length and dollar amount with the player you choose with no ties to their 2013 salary status.
United last season chose John Thorrington in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft.