Davy Arnaud

Graham Zusi

Sporting KC Best XI - Midfielders

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The voting for the midfielders in Sporting KC's "Best XI" has finished up and with that done I'm taking a look at how I selected my team for the Best XI. The first thing I immediately noticed when going in to make my picks was the fact that after selecting three defenders, we were selecting five midfielders, setting up a Bob Gansler-esk 3-5-2 lineup for the Best XI team.

Top League Scorers Through 2014

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Another stat update for you. Here is the top goal scorers for Sporting KC throughout their history. See the links below for previous years.

1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013

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D.C. United

I Love Crystal Dunn: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 4 March 2016

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And I'm not ashamed to say it.

First of all, big congratulations to Davy Arnaud on a stellar career upon his retirement. We wish we had you longer, and we do. Thank you.

And congratulations to Crystal Dunn. Coach puts her on as a late sub in a 0-0 game versus England last night, and she scores a zinger 5 minutes later because that's what Crystal Dunn does.

D.C. United's Davy Arnaud announces his retirement

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After 14 MLS seasons, the veteran midfielder will join the Black-and-Red's coaching staff.

In a long-rumored move, D.C. United midfielder Davy Arnaud has announced his retirement after 14 seasons in Major League Soccer with Sporting Kansas City, the Montreal Impact and the Black-and-Red. Arnaud had not played since last August 22 after suffering a concussion while playing against the San Jose Earthquakes and attempted to come back this winter in preseason, but according to his announcement the symptoms of that concussion have not yet cleared:

It's been an amazing journey.

Opposition 11: Who will Queretaro start in the CONCACAF Champions League against D.C. United?

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Despite a mediocre start to 2016, los Gallos Blancos seem to have a fairly easy starting lineup to predict.

If D.C. United are going to be one of the rare MLS teams that survive being paired with a Liga MX club, they're probably going to have to get past the increasingly common 4231 formation.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 4 days - Can Markus Halsti take the next step?

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Can Markus Halsti own the central midfield this year?

Last year, Markus Halsti was D.C. United's big offseason signing, coming from Malmo and the UEFA Champions League to D.C. Unfortunately, he got hurt during the preseason and, by the team he was healthy, the Davy Arnaud-Perry Kitchen partnership was working too well to disrupt and schedule congestion kept him with the second team.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 14 days - What is Nick DeLeon's role this season?

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United's rebuilt midfield may mean that DeLeon is facing a serious challenge for a starting job.

D.C. United's midfield has undergone a major overhaul this offseason. Perry Kitchen's departure required - maybe still requires? - at least one move to be made, and Davy Arnaud unfortunately appears to be on the brink of retirement.

Report: D.C. United is nearing a trade for Colorado Rapids midfielder Marcelo Sarvas

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United may be about to take a risk on a talented but aging central midfielder.

The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United is on the verge of trading some form of allocation money to the Colorado Rapids for Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. United's needs in central midfield have been well-known throughout the offseason, as Perry Kitchen has opted to pursue a deal in Europe while Davy Arnaud considers retirement due to concussions.

D.C. United 2016 Countdown: 25 days - Will Jared Jeffrey still wear Black and Red at First Kick?

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We speculate on Jared Jeffrey's future, if there is one, with D.C.

When we looked at D.C. United midfielder Jared Jeffrey last month in our season review series, we thought there may have been a tiny bit of optimism for him, in the sense that Perry Kitchen, who served as the top of the central defensive midfielder depth chart, would be seeking greener pastures in Europe and, combined with Davy Arnaud attempting to recover from an injury, would open up a bit of breathing room for Jeffrey to show off his wares, especially with an uneven 2015 campaign by Markus Halsti.

D.C. United wrap up SuperDraft with selection of Paul Clowes

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With Davy Arnaud's status still to be determined, United went with another midfield selection in the second round of the draft, selecting Clemson's Clowes

After selecting an attacking midfielder in the first round of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United stayed in the midfield for their selection in the second round, selecting Paul Clowes, a holding midfielder, from Clemson University.

D.C. United Season Review: Chris Korb

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Our next review is on the dependable fullback whose season was cruelly cut short by injury.

I did the Chris Korb B&RU season review last year. And this year is much harder to do.

The reason being is that The Korb, as he's endearingly called 'round these parts, spent the last few months injured on the bench, or sometimes in a rally car.

An entirely too early look at D.C. United's 2016 starting lineup, familiar faces edition

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Could Ben Olsen have ten returning starters for next year?

We're now into the second week of December (time flies, don't it?), and our still-too-soon looks at D.C. United's potential lineups for next year just keep coming. Check them all out at our StoryStream.

I think there will be some drastic changes to United's personnel group this offseason, with several big names on the way out.

D.C. United season review: Davy Arnaud

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Our next review focuses on a veteran whose importance to DCU became magnified whenever he wasn't around.

Many of the qualities people tend to ascribe to D.C. United also end up being good adjectives to describe Davy Arnaud. The veteran midfielder is in a lot of ways the distillation of Ben Olsen's side: Gritty, hard-working, effective, far from flashy, and more than a little unpleasant to play against.

Alvaro Saborio agrees to new contract with D.C. United

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The team making the long-known report about the Costa Rican forward official.

D.C. United announced Tuesday that forward Alvaro Saborio has agreed to a contract extension. The terms of the contract have not been revealed, though based on his interview last month it would presumably be through the 2016 season, and at a significantly reduced compensation number than the $493,333 he was on in the 2015 season.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Rubber match for the Atlantic Cup

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D.C. United has one last shot to keep the Atlantic Cup in Washington.

D.C. United takes on the New York Red Bulls for the third time this season, and the Atlantic Cup is on the line. Ben Olsen has the dual benefit of having rested most of his regular starters, but a Tuesday-Sunday game gap means that he could insert any of his backups who played against Montego Bay United FC.

GAME THREAD: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

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After a stunning mid-week U.S. Open Cup upset, the Philadelphia Union resume MLS play at D.C. United.

UNION GAME #22
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RFK Stadium, Washington, D.

D.C. United versus FC Dallas lineup: Will Ben Olsen make any changes?

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Ben Olsen will have a chance to reposition his starting lineup in July; what changes will he make?

D.C. United's starters are rested, some players are closer to being recovered from various injuries, and they travel to Dallas this Saturday to take on FC Dallas. Throughout the run of games in May and June, Ben Olsen has not had a chance to shuffle his lineup, if that is what he wanted to do; he was forced to basically have two separate squads, one for MLS play and one for the US Open Cup and spot MLS duty.

D.C. United versus Portland Timbers lineup: Missing half the team

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With plenty of players being sent home, who will Ben Olsen put on the field in Portland?

D.C. United back their bags and fly from New England to Portand, facing off against the Timbers on Wednesday night for a little #dcuafterdark action. And all of that is before United has to fly back to the District to take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, for a total flying distance of over 5000 miles in about a week.

Markus Halsti finally makes D.C. United debut

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The Finnish international started and played 80 minutes in United's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union

As D.C. United's marquee offseason signing, Finnish international Markus Halsti looked set to join the club and make an impact from day one. Several years junior to Davy Arnaud, Halsti looked to step into United's midfield and provide an extra option alongside Perry Kitchen, in addition to being capable in all three spots along the back line.

D.C. United versus Columbus Crew lineup: Healthy players make for difficult decisions

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Ben Olsen will be forced to sit some favorites as everyone gets back to health.

Columbus Crew SC come to RFK Stadium to face off against D.C. United this Saturday, and Unite is quickly getting more and more healthy. With the return to training of Davy Arnaud and Markus Halsti, Ben Olsen will finally have to make some difficult decisions.

About A Goal: Counterattacks are D.C. United's friend

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D.C. United put together two quick, beautiful counterattacks within minutes of each other to defeat the Montreal Impact.

Successful counterattacks are among the most exciting moments in soccer. On Saturday against Montreal, D.C. United produced two picture perfect counterattacks to lead the team to victory.

D.C. United vs. LD Alajuelense lineup: Veterans take the field Thursday nights

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D.C. United takes the field in their first competitive match of 2015.

D.C. United is already in Costa Rica, and they take on LD Alajuelense tomorrow night in the first leg of the quaterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League. Ben Olsen has not been coy about what his starting lineup will be, featuring the mostly same starters all throughout the MLS preseason, and all in buildup to this game.

Countdown to Soccer: 23 Days - The future of Perry Kitchen at D.C. United and the USMNT

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Does it matter if Perry Kitchen plays a different position at D.C. United and the USMNT?

Another day closer to D.C. United first competitive match of the 2015 season, and another player to contemplate. While Lewis Neal has departed for the sunny climes of Florida, Perry Kitchen will hopefully be around for years to come.

D.C. United starting XI going into MLS preseason

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D.C. United starts training camp tomorrow, and so we will take a look at their projected starting XI.

Long-time readers of the site know that, throughout the season, we try to predict what lineup Ben Olsen will use for that week's game. In that spirit, and to mark the beginning of training camp, here is the team that I think will start the Concacaf Champions League game against L.

D.C. United officially announces the signing of Markus Halsti

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The rumored signing is now official.

D.C. United today officially announced the rumored signing of Finnish international Markus Halsti. Halsti can play as a center back or as a full back, but has recently been playing as a defensive midfielder. He seems likely to come in and take over for Davy Arnaud for the starting spot alongside Perry Kitchen, and provides the team with flexibility in their substitution patterns mid-game.

Big Names Left Unprotected For MLS Expansion Draft

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Orlando City SC and New York City FC fans will find out who is on their clubs squad on Wednesday when the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft takes place. Some of the big names available are Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC), Rais Mbolhi (Philadelphia Union) and Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls).

D.C. United season review: Player by player evaluations of the 2014 season

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We go through all the players on D.C. United's 2014 roster and ask if we want them back in 2015.

Our series in which we ask whether or not we want players back next year is itself back again. It has been known as River or Life when Martin Shatzer was in charge, it has been known as Cake or Death when Adam Taylor was in charge, but the exercise is still the same: we go through every player on the team this year and ask whether or not they should come back next year.

D.C. United season review: Newly minted central midfielder Davy Arnaud

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We start our season review of all of the players on D.C. United's roster with Davy Arnaud.

Our series in which we ask whether or not we want players back next year is itself back again. It has been known as River or Life when Martin Shatzer was in charge, it has been known as Cake or Death when Adam Taylor was in charge, but the exercise is still the same: we go through every player on the team this year and ask whether or not they should come back next year.

Freedom Kicks for 13 November 2014: D.C. United contracts, Caribbean Cup, Heineken

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We have guaranteed contracts, Caribbean Cup, and Heineken.

The international break is slowing down soccer news around the world, but we still have some tidbits for you on this Thursday morning.

D.C. United news and notes - The Washington Post: Lots of good information from Steve Goff in this installment, including the fact that Bobby Boswell, Chris Rolfe, Eddie Johnson, and Davy Arnaud, among others, all have guaranteed contracts for next season.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Theirry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and the MLS Playoffs

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D.C. United finally know their first round playoff opponent, and it had to be their old foe.

Late Thursday night, Bradley Wright-Phillips finally sealed the collapse of Sporting Kansas City and booked the New York Red Bulls a ticket to face D.C. United. United have to travel to New York for this game, but face an old team on very short rest.

Espindola, Di Vaio trade goals as D.C. United closes regular season with a 1-1 draw in Montreal - Recap + Highlights

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Missing a few regulars, United were in charge for long spells but struggled to break down the Impact before Espindola's late strike leveled the score.

Playing your best soccer in a game with few short-term consequences is always a bit tricky, and so it proved for D.C. United. Despite owning a sizable possession advantage and producing more shots, crosses, and just about every other attacking stat than the Montreal Impact, the Black-and-Red were held to a 1-1 draw at Stade Saputo.

Freedom Kicks for 16 October 2014: USWNT, USMNT, Juergen Klinsmann, Don Garber

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It was an exciting day in the realm of US national teams.

Not much D.C. United news out there today, so we jump into everything else this morning. Here we go!

Steve Goff has what little D.C. United news there is, including Davy Arnaud, attendance, and TV coverage.

USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago: Final score 1-0, USWNT not at their best - SBNation.

Eddie Johnson

Top League Scorers Through 2015

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More updated stats for you, this time it is KC's top 20 goal scorers in league play. First is the list for prior years.


1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014

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#TBT Hattricks for KC.

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For Throw Back Thursday this week I thought I'd go through all the hattricks in KC's history before last night's four goal performance by Dom Dwyer against FC Dallas.

The first hattrick in KC history actually didn't come until the team's third season, when Digital Takawira hit a second half hattrick for KC in their 3-1 win over New England on May 16th of 1998.

Eddie Johnson hospitalized for dehydration before 2nd leg

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There may have been a reason Eddie Johnson didn't start last Saturday's 2nd leg against New York: a late-week trip to the hospital for dehydration and other issues.

When Eddie Johnson came on as a substitute for Davy Arnaud in the 60th minute of last Saturday's second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals for D.

Jairo Arrieta

United extends unbeaten streak to seven with draw against visiting Sporting KC – Match Gallery

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DC United extended their unbeaten streak to seven after a 1-1 tie with visiting Sporting KC. Photos: Martin Fernandez

United takes opener with 1-0 win over Montreal

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Jairo Arrieta's lone goal helped to propel D.C. United to a season-opening 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact this afternoon at snowy and cold RFK Stadium. Photo: Martin Fernandez: UnitedMania.com

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Arnaud Retires - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Late last week, an all time Sporting KC great, Davy Arnaud, called time on his playing career. Arnaud had not played since around August last year due to concussion issues. In his career Arnaud played over 200 games for KC and over 350 in his MLS career that went over 14 MLS seasons. He's taken a coaching position with DC United, the final club he played for.

A Few Words on the Retiring Davy Arnaud

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A Sporting Kansas City legend retired from the game yesterday, former team captain, Davy Arnaud retired from professional soccer yesterday after 14 MLS seasons due to concussions. Arnaud, who spent most of his career with Sporting KC/KC Wizards, had spent the last four seasons split between the Montreal Impact and DC United.

It begins: Union open season against Dallas on Sunday, team and league news, more

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PReviews and other team news ahead of Sunday's season opener in Dallas. More news.