Arriola joins Major League Soccer after spending the last four years in Liga MX with Club Tijuana. The Chula Vista, CA, native made over 100 appearances in all competitions for Xolos, and made his Liga MX debut on July 19, 2013 as an 18-year-old. Less than a week later, he scored in the CONCACAF Champions League. Most recently, Arriola scored the game-winning goal for Tijuana on Tuesday in the Copa MX.
The versatile forward has represented the United States at every level, culminating in his senior team debut on May 22, 2016, against Puerto Rico, where he scored and had an assist. Arriola became only the ninth player in U.S. history to score a goal in his first two international matches when he scored the Yanks’ final goal in their 4-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in September’s World Cup Qualifier (which also happened to be his WCQ debut).
Arriola most recently played an integral part of Bruce Arena’s CONCACAF Gold Cup-winning squad, starting four matches (including the final). Arriola has amassed 11 caps with the national team in just over a year.
United acquire U.S. international Paul Arriola from Club Tijuana on a permanent transfer and signed the 22-year-old to a multi-year Young Designated Player contract.