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D.C. United got their first win of 2014 with an impressive 2-0 win that bodes well for the rest of the season.
Toronto's new look is for real, but D.C. United, also with a new look, competed and showed encouraging signs in Saturday's 1-0 loss.
A former MLS All-Star who compiled seven U.S. national team caps from 2007 to 2009, Arnaud is a player whose most productive days are likely behind him. But United coach Ben Olsen had more in mind when the club acquired Arnaud in a December trade with the Montreal Impact.
United will get their first shot at a turnaround on Saturday when the team welcomes the Columbus Crew to RFK Stadium.
D.C. United is ready to move on from 2013.
While United have a league-worst 3-21-6 mark in MLS play, they managed to win four straight in the U.S. Open Cup en route to an appearance in Tuesday night's title game at Real Salt Lake.
"It's a huge first step," United coach Ben Olsen said. "We've had these before, but this one's different because of the resources the ownership group has, and it's in D.C. We haven't gone down this road with the District."
The victory was the first for D.C. United (2-11-3) since March 9 and snapped a club record 13-game winless streak.
Five years ago, Kyle Porter's anonymity evaporated. That tends to happen when a soccer player takes his career to a top-flight club in Germany — even an 18-year-old prospect whose only action would come in reserve matches.