MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that midfielder Davy Arnaud has been named captain of the team for its inaugural season in MLS.
Arnaud, a 31-year-old league veteran, served as captain of his former team, Sporting Kansas City, for the last two seasons. He played for 10 seasons with KC, appearing in over 240 games, a club record, inching towards 20,000 minutes played. He scored 43 goals and added 35 assist over that span. He was also named KC’s Team Heart Award winner in 2007 and 2008, given to the most dedicated team player. He appeared in 15 career playoff games, as well as winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the Western Conference Championship in 2004.
“Davy has a competitive nature and leadership qualities that largely embody what we want to be on and off the field,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “During the training camp, he has played a vital role in developing our group mentality and will to win.”
“It’s a big honour,” said Arnaud. “I am excited about the opportunity and look forward to the challenges that remain ahead. You have to be a voice on and off the field as a veteran player, whether you are captain or not, and be a good example and set a standard in training every day.”
The Impact will play its first game in MLS this Saturday, at B.C. Place, in Vancouver at 6pm (RDS, TSN, CJAD). The Impact will then play its home opener at Olympic Stadium on March 17 at 2pm (ET), against the Chicago Fire.
IMPACT CAPTAINS IN SECOND DIVISION (1993-2011)
Marco Rizi: 1993
Patrice Ferri: 1993-1994
Nick De Santis:1995-2001
Mauro Biello: 2002-2009
Nevio Pizzolitto: 2010-2011