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Assistant Coach Davy Arnaud leaves D.C. United for Houston Dynamo

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The Black-and-Red set to lose another assistant this winter

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The Houston Dynamo announced that D.C. United assistant coach Davy Arnaud and Michael Dellorusso have joined Wilmer Cabrera’s staff for the coming season. Arnaud, 36, was part of the coaching staff for D.C. in 2016 under Ben Olsen, retiring in March of 2016 after leaving an August 2015 game due to a concussion and not being able to return for the rest of the season. The move is the second in one week to come to the surface, with Amos Magee’s pending departure to Minnesota United, and would place Arnaud 90 minutes away from his hometown of Nederland, Texas.

This now leaves D.C. with longtime assistant Chad Ashton and goalkeeper coach Zach Thornton as the only assistants under Olsen, who now has one month before the Expansion Draft and two before the MLS Player Combine and SuperDraft to fill his staff. An intriguing component to this may be the status of Chris Rolfe. Like Arnaud, Rolfe, who would be 34 this season, has not played since suffering a concussion in an April game against the Chicago Fire. Like Arnaud, Rolfe has a year remaining on a guaranteed contract so the option to join staff may exist, depending on his health.

D.C. General Manager Dave Kasper said on the team’s website: “A true professional, Davy continued his career with us as an incredibly hard-working and dedicated coach this season. Under Ben’s tutelage, he has quickly developed as a coach and Houston are gaining a great addition to their staff...I know Davy will be a great asset for the Dynamo and we thank him for all of his contributions to our club the past 3 years.”