U.S. international Paul Arriola (pictured) joined D.C. United from Club Tijuana on August 10, 2017. (Photo: AFP Services)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- D.C. United announced Thursday the acquisition of United States international Paul Arriola from Mexico’s Club Tijuana after obtaining his Major League Soccer rights from the LA Galaxy.
The 22-year-old midfielder most recently represented the U.S. at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which the Americans won. He played in four matches, including the final.
Arriola spent the last four years with Club Tijuana, striking for four goals in 81 Liga MX appearances. He scored the Xolos’ only goal in a 1-0 win over Puebla in the 2017 Copa MX Apertura on August 1.
Less than a week after making his Liga MX debut as an 18-year-old on July 19, 2013, Arriola netted in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League as Club Tijuana earned a 3-2 win over host Victoria.
The versatile attacker gained the first of his 11 caps on May 22, 2016, against Puerto Rico, where he scored one goal and registered one assist. Arriola became only the ninth player in U.S. history to score a goal in his first two international matches when he notched the final goal in a 4-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying on September 6, 2016.
Arriola has also played in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup (3 games/0 goals) and the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup (4/1).