WASHINGTON, D.C., (July 27, 2020) – D.C. United and midfielder Paul Arriola have agreed a multi-year contract extension, keeping the U.S. Men’s National Team player at the club through the 2023 season, with an option for the 2024 season.
Arriola joined D.C. United from Liga MX side, Club Tijuana, on a permanent transfer in August 2017 as a Young Designated Player. Since joining D.C. United, Arriola has appeared in 68 Major League Soccer (MLS) games with 64 starts and tallied 14 goals and 10 assists in league play. In his three years for the Black-and-Red, the midfielder has made the MLS Team of the Week nine times and finished second on the team in goals in 2019 with six.
“Paul has been an immense attacking player and fan favorite since he arrived at our club and we are thrilled to secure his long-term future,” said Dave Kasper, General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations for D.C. United. “We know Paul will be back stronger than ever and we look forward to his return at Audi Field.”
Prior to arriving at United, Arriola appeared 11 times for the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT), highlighted by playing an integral role on the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup winning squad, including starting the final against Jamaica. Since making his debut for the USMNT in a friendly at Puerto Rico in 2016, Arriola has accumulated 33 national team caps with five goals and four assists.
According to Major League Soccer roster guidelines, Arriola will continue with his Designated Player status for D.C. United.
Player: Paul Arriola
Height: 5’ 6”
Hometown: Chula Vista, California
Status: Designated Player
Transaction: D.C. United sign Paul Arriola to a three-year contract extension with a fourth-year option.