A warm reception
Prior to Saturday’s game against the Montreal Impact, a minute-long tribute to former Sporting KC player Davy Arnaud aired on the in-stadium videoboards at Livestrong Sporting Park.
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Arnaud, a fifth-round pick in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, spent 10 seasons in Kansas City before he was traded Nov. 28 for Seth Sinovic, who Montreal had snapped up only five days earlier in the expansion draft, and allocation money.
Fans cheered the production, and Arnaud acknowledged the crowd with an overhead clap.
“It was a weird feeling running out there with a different jersey on, but this is always a fun place to play,” Arnaud said. “I really enjoyed getting back here and playing in front of those fans again.
Arnaud, who came on in the 70th minute, is Sporting KC’s all-time leader in games played (240). He was the leading scorer during the 2004 season, which saw the club win the U.S. Open Cup and advance to the MLS Cup final.
• Manager Peter Vermes was thrilled with the dedication Michael Harrington showed during the offseason, and it paid off in his first start of the season.
Stepping in at left back for Sinovic, who broke his hand two weeks ago in a 1-0 loss at Portland, Harrington put together a strong performance.
“Michael played really well tonight,” Vermes said. “He was solid. He wasn’t overcome by anything, and actually he was pretty good offensively and pretty good in possession.”
• Sporting KC allowed two goals for the first time since a 2-2 draw Sept. 5, 2011, at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy — a span of 15 games. That run doesn’t include a 2-0 loss against Houston in the Eastern Conference final during last season’s playoffs.
Sporting KC also suffered back-to-back shutouts for the first time since a pair of 0-0 draws June 4, 2011, at Toronto FC and five days later against the Chicago Fire in the inaugural game at Livestrong Sporting Park.