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Sporting KC trades Arnaud, gets Sinovic back

Sporting Kansas City will have a new captain next season, but it will also welcome back an old friend.

The club announced Monday that it has traded midfielder Davy Arnaud, the club’s longest-tenured player, to the Montreal Impact for defender Seth Sinovic and allocation money.

Sinovic, you might remember, was selected by the Impact in last Wednesday’s expansion draft. Sporting coach Peter Vermes recently opined how much he hated to lose Sinovic, who was signed as a free agent in May and went on to start 20 games.

However, there was speculation last week that Vermes was working on a way to bring Sinovic back into the fold. And while Vermes didn’t seem to be terribly optimistic about the possibility of a Sinovic return after the draft, he found a way to get it done.

“I’m pleased as can be to have Seth back on our roster,” Vermes said. “To now have additional allocation money and roster space gives us a lot of flexibility.”

That flexibility came with a cost, however. Arnaud was the team’s captain for the last two years and a player whose experience – he spent his entire career in Kansas City – was valued in the locker room. Several young players who broke out this year – such as defender Matt Besler – spoke highly of Arnaud, and credited him for helping them along.

However, Arnaud never made his way back into the full-time starting lineup after he missed about a month in the summer with a groin injury, effectively making him a high-paid backup at about $260,000 last season.

Arnaud never complained publicly about his lack of playing time, but he was adamant that he was completely healthy by the end of the season and 90 minutes fit. It stands to reason he and Vermes chatted about his situation, and this was the logical conclusion.

“This is probably the best thing for both parties, and I wish him the best,” Vermes said. “He has a challenge on his hands and a chance to be the main guy, and I’m sure it’s something he’ll relish and be excited about.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, sports reporter for The Star, call 816-234-4489 or email tpaylor@kcstar.com.

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