Paul Arriola

Paul Arriola
Paul Arriola
Paul Arriola
Real Name: Paul Arriola Arriola
HT: 5' 6" WT: 146
Designated Player
Age: 23 (02/05/1995)
Birthplace: Chula Vista, California
Hometown: Chula Vista


U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Paul Arriola joined United when he was signed as a Young Designated Player on Aug. 10, 2017. The energetic midfielder started in all 11 of United’s matches after joining the club during the August transfer window, logging 922 minutes. Arriola made an instant impact on the offense, slotting into the wide midfield position next to playmaker Luciano Acosta and using his speed down the flanks to generate scoring chances. Against San Jose on Sept. 23, Arriola recorded his first two assists for United, setting up two of Patrick Mullins’ record-setting four goals in the second half. The California native notched his first MLS goal on Oct. 22 against New York, in the final game and last United goal at RFK Stadium, slotting in a Luciano Acosta cross at the back post. Arriola also played extensively in the USMNT World Cup qualifying campaign, playing in five of the qualifying matches. Prior to arriving in D.C., Arriola spent four years with Club Tijuana in Liga MX.




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. 




August 9, 2017 - United acquired U.S. international Paul Arriola from Club Tijuana on a permanent transfer and signed the him to a multi-year Young Designated Player contract. 



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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2018D.C. United3201931312000
2017D.C. United11111922219715020
Career Totals-141311115322817020
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