D.C. United made the first acquisition in what promises to be a busy winter Tuesday, adding veteran midfielder Davy Arnaud from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an international roster slot the next two seasons.
Arnaud, who will turn 34 in June, was out of contract but agreed to terms with United before the trade was finalized. His base salary this year was $275,000. He agreed to a lower figure with United, club officials said. The exact amount, however, was not disclosed. The club shed a large portion of its payroll this fall by releasing captain Dwayne De Rosario and several other veterans.
“Davy is a versatile midfielder who has a wealth of MLS experience,” General Manager Dave Kasper said in a written statement. “He will add leadership on the field and in the locker room.”
United officials did not want to comment further about the roster until after the first stage of the league’s re-entry draft Thursday.
Arnaud played primarily in central midfield for Montreal but is comfortable on both wings. He has also provided cover at right back.
The Texas native spent 10 seasons with Sporting Kansas City before joining Montreal for the Impact’s inaugural season in 2012 and serving as captain. He posted one goal and five assists in 24 regular season appearances this year (21 starts) and has 48 goals and 43 assists in 297 career league matches.
“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,” Impact sporting director Nick De Santis said. “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.”
Arnaud made seven appearances for the U.S. national team between 2007 and ’09, scoring once.