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Davy Arnaud (/ˈɑːrn/; born June 22, 1980) is a retired American soccer player who previously played for Sporting Kansas City, the Montreal Impact, and D.C. United. He is currently an interim head coach for Houston Dynamo.[2]

Davy Arnaud
Davy Arnaud DC United.jpg
Arnaud playing for D.C. United
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-06-22) June 22, 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Nederland, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1999–2001 West Texas A&M Buffaloes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2011 Sporting Kansas City[1] 240 (43)
2012–2013 Montreal Impact 57 (5)
2014–2015 D.C. United 54 (2)
Total 351 (50)
National team
2007–2009 United States 7 (1)
Teams managed
2016 D.C. United (assistant)
2017–2019 Houston Dynamo (assistant)
2019– Houston Dynamo (interim head coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 13, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 26, 2009



Arnaud played college soccer at West Texas A&M University from 1999 to 2001, finishing his career with 31 goals and 11 assists. In his junior year he scored 13 goals and 3 assists, becoming a Division II NCAA All-American, the first from his school.


After his junior year, Arnaud turned professional, and was drafted 50th overall in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards. He hardly played at all his first year, registering only 43 minutes in three games. Although his second year began much the same, Arnaud began to get significant time as the year progressed, and finished the year having played in 18 games, and scored three goals. Although his performance in 2003 boded well for his 2004 season, Arnaud exceeded everybody's expectations. After Preki and Igor Simutenkov went down with long-term injuries before the beginning of the season, Arnaud was given a starting role in the Wizards' offense next to Josh Wolff. Arnaud proved he deserved the opportunity from the outset, and went on to start all 30 of Kansas City's games, scoring nine goals and eight assists while leading the club to first place in the Western Conference.

Arnaud remained a starter for the club for the next several years. Before the 2010 season, Arnaud was named the team's new captain by coach Peter Vermes. During the 2011 season injuries limited his play but he still remained a key player for the club helping Sporting to a first place Eastern Conference finish during the regular season.

On November 28, 2011, Arnaud was traded to new expansion team Montreal Impact for defender Seth Sinovic and allocation money.[3] He was named captain of the Montreal Impact for the team's first season in Major League Soccer. On March 17, 2012, before a crowd of 58,912 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Arnaud scored the first ever goal for the Montreal Impact in MLS in the 56th minute by heading a cross from Sanna Nyassi into the top right corner against Chicago Fire keeper Paolo Tornaghi.

On December 10, 2013, Arnaud was traded to D.C. United in exchange for an international roster slot.[4]

On March 3, 2016, Arnaud officially announced his retirement. He was immediately placed to D.C. United's coaching staff.


Arnaud made his first appearance for the United States national team as a late substitute during the U.S.'s 4–2 friendly defeat against Brazil on September 9, 2007 at Soldier Field in Chicago. He scored his first international goal on July 11, 2009 against Haiti in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. July 11, 2009 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States   Haiti 1 – 0 2–2 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jimmy Conrad
Kansas City Wizards/
Sporting Kansas City

Succeeded by
Jimmy Nielsen