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MLS: D.C. United signs Paul Arriola

D.C. United wanted more during the transfer window – and they got it.

The struggling club announced the signing of U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Paul Arriola on Thursday. The news of the link between the two sides swirled on Wednesday.

The contract was signed by Arriola on D.C. United’s end, but needed the necessary paperwork filled out by Club Tijuana, Arriola’s former club in the Liga MX.

Arriola confirmed the news on Twitter on Wednesday night, penning a heartfelt post to Tijuana fans in both English and Spanish.

According to the Washington Post, the deal is the most expensive in D.C. United history. The specific number that the Post reporter Steven Goff acquired was $3 million for Arriola. The deal is a permanent transfer, and a multi-year contract.

“We have had an eye on Paul for a while, and his intelligence, pace, technical ability and bright future with the national team make him a perfect fit for this organization as we continue to bolster our roster,” Dave Kasper, United general manager said. “Thanks to the investment from ownership, we’re extremely excited to have secured a high-caliber U.S. international for the long term.”

Arriola started his career in 2013 with Tijuana. He has made 81 appearances, scoring four goals.

Recently in 2017, Arriola attracted the attention of Bruce Arena, the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Just last month, Arriola and the USMNT lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy, beating Jamaica in the final.

Arriola has made 11 appearances, scoring two goals, for the national team since the summer of 2016.

Arriola is originally from Chula Vista, California and has been youth academies like MG Soccer Academy, Arsenal FC (California) and the LA Galaxy Academy.

Since Arriola was with the Galaxy academy, the Galaxy had his MLS rights. According to the league, the Galaxy received $300,000 in general allocation money and $200,000 in targeted allocation money.

“This is a significant day for the club, and securing a player with a future as bright as Paul’s signifies the incredible momentum this club has, not only for the remainder of this season, but as we move into our new home at Audi Field,” Jason Levien and Erick Thohir, United managing partners, said. “A world-class venue needs world-class talent, and Paul is yet another example of the commitment we have for bringing in exceptional players that will represent the Black-and-Red for years to come.”

Arriola will be listed as a young designated player.

Photo of Paul Arriola courtesy of John Raoux/Associated Press.

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Rachael McKriger
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