Archive | April 3, 2012

Player Spotlight: Cody Arnoux – Part 1

Cody Arnoux is an interesting prospect for Real Salt Lake.  He represents boatloads of potential but always seems to get snagged back by something.  It makes one wonder that if he can just get his first goal, his first shot on target, or even just his first start, could he become the spectacular player that impressed while trialing with the prestigious Premier League’s Everton FC in England.

Arnoux gained passage to RSL after they won his rights in one of those MLS lotteries that Real seem to win a lot no matter the odds.  (Has anyone else noticed that over the years?)  However, Cody joined RSL in 2011 carrying an injury that kept him sidelined throughout the majority of the season.  He only made two very brief appearances that accumulated to only 69 minutes.  He came on as a late substitution later in the season at Rio Tinto Stadium and was then subbed in at Vancouver’s BC Place in a 3-0 defeat for the Royals.

Cody Arnoux was subbed into the Vancouver match along with fellow injury-plagued forward Chris Argorsor.  Both didn’t make appearances for Real Salt Lake until very late into 2011.  The two strikers’ future at Rio Tinto was in doubt after their small impact for the team.  Their only chance in staying was on their continued health and valid potential.

During the preseason, Argorsor, who was once ranked as a top prospect for the USMNT was dropped from Real’s roster.  Real decided to renew Cody’s contract for the 2012 season.  This season is his second chance.

The preseason was decent for Cody Arnoux.  He received significant amounts of time during Desert Diamond Cup fixtures but struggled in front of goal.  His shots always seemed slightly rushed.  I recall one instance in which he was just inside the opponent’s penalty area and had room for a solid shot, instead of taking it he cut back into the path of his two defenders and pulled off a good shot, he was just in the wrong position.  It ended up ricocheting off of a defenders body and missing on the outside of the front post.

Besides that, his build-up and creativity were great.  Maybe one of the biggest things holding him back from the first team is his ability to defend.  Jason Kreis puts a lot of emphasis on EVERYONE defending, starting with the forwards.

The career path of Cody Arnoux is a very unique one indeed.  He was born in Stony Brooks, New York and grew up in Wilmington, North Caroline.  Arnoux participated in club and high school soccer throughout his childhood and adolescence.  He even played for the U15 and U18 United States National Team sides.  After high school, Cody took his soccer to Wake Forest for college.  He enjoyed fantastic success at the college level and decided to trial with Everton FC rather than join the MLS Superdraft.

Everton was impressed with Cody’s performance at his trial and signed him.  He featured for Everton’s reserve side and scored in several games.  Despite his marginal success, Everton dropped him the next season.

Arnoux decided to bring his game back to America, where he’d been so prominent.  He joined the Vancouver Whitecaps when they were still a USSF D-2 Pro-League side.  He was then featured in the special lottery that RSL picked him up in.

Cody’s been through a lot and it comes at no surprise that he has struggled settling in.  I believe that if he’s given the opportunity to shine when he’s ready (hopefully this season) that he could do great things for Real Salt Lake.

Good luck Cody!