ROME (AP) – Davy Arnaud was one of the most accomplished players in Sporting Kansas City history when he was surprisingly traded last November after 10 seasons with the club.
Arnaud will face his former team for the first time when the Montreal Impact try for their first road win Saturday night against first-place Sporting.
Kansas City traded Arnaud, who holds the franchise record of 240 regular-season games, to Montreal in November for defender Seth Sinovic plus allocation money. Arnaud scored 43 goals - second-most in Sporting history - and was the team's captain in 2010 and '11.
"It will be pretty special," Arnaud told the Impact's official website of his return. "Definitely when the schedule came out, it was one of the games that I took a look. Kansas City is a special place for me. I look forward to it."
While Arnaud's former team is in first place in the Eastern Conference, his current one has gone through the growing pains typical of an expansion club, though Montreal (2-5-2) is coming off a 2-0 win over Portland last Saturday.
Bernardo Corradi and Sinisa Ubiparipovic scored in the second half while Donovan Ricketts made four saves for the Impact's first shutout.
"We know we can still get better," coach Jesse Marsch said. "But today was a good performance and a dominant performance from start to finish. ... We are fortunate at this point to have a lot of players who look really sharp right now."
Montreal will try for another first Saturday, as it is 0-5-1 away from home and has been outscored 13-4 in those matches.
It will face a tough opponent in Kansas City (7-1-0), which has been off since a 1-0 loss to the Timbers on April 21 - the first time Sporting was shut out this season. The only score came on an own goal, and Kansas City put only two of its 16 shots on goal.
"You can always work on stuff, but I think we've done well," midfielder Bobby Convey said of the extended break. "We've only lost by scoring on ourselves, and that was a freak own goal. ... But other than that, I think we've been doing fine."
Kansas City, which has a six-point lead in the East, has outscored opponents 12-3 overall and 7-1 at home, where it is 4-0.
Sporting's success isn't a surprise to its former captain, who helped it finish first in the conference in 2011.
"You saw last year towards the end of the season that they made a really good run," Arnaud said. "I'm not surprised by their great start. They get a lot of results from the way they play. They are going to have a ton of energy this weekend and we'll have to be ready to match that."