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A boom at América! Paul Arriola will become the new reinforcement of the Águilas for the Clausura 2022, a player with whom the Azulcremas will seek to conquer the desired Mexican soccer title once again.
According to Mediotiempo, the signing of the 26-year-old D. C. United winger, who is also a member of the U.S. national team, has already been secured.
It should be noted that this will not be the first time Arriola plays in Mexican soccer, as between 2013 and 2017 he was part of the ranks of Xolos de Tijuana, the team with which he began his career as a professional soccer player and later left to arrive at D. C. United.
Before it was confirmed that the signing had been completed, it was the player himself who revealed that he had been approached by the Coapa team. "I don't know if it's a rumor or if it's real. I can't say much, but there is interest," said Arriola in an interview with TUDN.
Several reports indicated that Arriola, who also has Mexican nationality thanks to his grandparents, was in the sights of other MLS teams such as LA Galaxy; however, América managed to secure his signing after making several offers.
Arriola will leave D.C. United after 5 years with the MLS outfit
The 26-year-old was entering his sixth season with D.C. United after signing as a Designated Player out of Club Tijuana in 2017. He has 20 goals and 16 assists in 89 MLS regular-season appearances with injuries the last two years limiting his minutes.
Arriola has also been capped 42 times with the USMNT, scoring eight times, and was part of the squad that defeated Mexico to win the 2021 Gold Cup last summer.
A year ago, D.C. United sent Arriola on loan to English Championship side Swansea City, but the move was cut short when the winger suffered a quadriceps injury.
Paul Arriola’s combination of speed and flair have made him one of the MLS’s most dangerous wide players in recent years. A product of the U.S. Youth National Teams and LA Galaxy Academy setup will join Club América to fight for the title.