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Catching up with Sporting KC captain Davy Arnaud

We caught up with captain Davy Arnaud and got his thoughts on the offseason.

Have you been able to rest since the season ended?

"I didn’t take a lot of time (to rest). I took a little bit off and then we were onto our offseason conditioning, getting ready for preseason. So I’m in the middle of that. I’m looking forward to getting back to that. After a while, the running by yourself kind of gets old."

What do you think of the team changing its name to Sporting Kansas City?

"I’m excited. I feel like it’s a completely fresh start. Obviously, the Wizards are always going to be in our history and be part of who we are. I’m excited. I think it was a good time for them to do it since that’s what they were looking to do. With the new stadium opening in the summer, I think it was a good time for it. I’m excited. It’s kind of like you are going back into preseason with a new team."

Are you the oldest — in terms of tenure — player on the team?

"I’m not quite the oldest. (laughs) I think I am the longest tenured now."

How does that make you feel?

"It’s strange. It really is. People might say that a lot, but it really is kind of a strange feeling because it’s gone by so fast, honestly. It doesn’t seem too long ago that I was in my first year just hoping I was going to make it to the second. Next year will be 10 years. It’s a strange feeling, but I’m definitely happy I’ve been here the whole time."

How does it feel to be the captain and one of the faces of the team off the field now?

"Obviously I was given the role of captain last year and it’s a really big honor for me. I took a lot of pride in it. It’s something I enjoyed last year and hopefully can build on and be better at next year."

-- Pete Grathoff, The Kansas City Star

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