Paul Arriola

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Paul Arriola
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Personal information
Full name Paul Joseph Arriola[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-05) February 5, 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Chula Vista, California, U.S.
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
D.C. United
Number 7
Youth career
2010–2011 IMG Soccer Academy
2011–2012 Arsenal FC (California)
2012–2013 LA Galaxy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Tijuana 83 (4)
2017– D.C. United 50 (11)
National team
2010–2011 United States U17 6 (0)
2012 United States U18 5 (1)
2014–2015 United States U20 17 (2)
2016 United States U23 1 (0)
2016– United States 21 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 30, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 26, 2019

Paul Joseph Arriola (born February 5, 1995) is an American soccer player for Major League Soccer club D.C. United and the United States national team.

Early life[edit]

Arriola was born in Chula Vista, California, a suburb of San Diego. He is an American of Mexican descent as his great grandparents immigrated to the United States from Mexico. His parents are Dawn and Art Arriola.[3] Arriola attended Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista, CA. and iHigh Virtual Academy in San Diego.



Arriola spent years with U.S. Soccer Development Academy club Arsenal FC based in Temecula, California, a club that has produced several successful players including Carlos Bocanegra and Hector Jiménez, before joining the academy of the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2013.[4]


In December 2012, Arriola was invited to train with Tijuana, after having previously trialed with the club.[5] Following the 2012 season and despite being offered a professional contract by the Galaxy, Arriola opted to sign for Club Tijuana of Liga MX, the highest level of soccer in Mexico. Arriola was part of a string of American-born players to join the Xolos including Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, and Greg Garza. The Galaxy listed Tijuana's proximity to Arriola's hometown of San Diego, 18 miles, as one factor contributing to his decision to opt for Tijuana over the Galaxy.[6] About his decision, Arriola himself stated, ""I felt that Xolos was the place for me. I love the club, it's my home team and the people down there are wonderful." The decision allowed Arriola to live on the United States side of the border with his family but cross it for training and matches.[3]

Arriola made his debut for the club in a preseason friendly against Club América at Petco Park in San Diego on July 6, 2013. In the 54th minute, Arriola scored to make the score 5–0 in an eventual 5–2 victory for Tijuana.[7] On July 19, 2013 Arriola made his professional league debut in a 3–3 draw with Club Atlas to open the 2013–14 Liga MX season. Arriola was a second-half substitute and assisted on Darío Benedetto's goal only four minutes after entering the match.[8] Just a few days later, Arriola scored his second professional goal in CONCACAF Champions League against C.D. Victoria.

On August 9, 2017, Arriola signed for Major League Soccer side D.C. United for a club record fee of $3,000,000 plus allocation money for his rights to LA Galaxy.[9] On July 14, 2018, in a 3-1 win against Vancouver Whitecaps, Arriola scored a personal record two goals for United in their inaugural match at Audi Field.

Since joining D.C. United, Arriola has been a key player. His smooth playing and effort helped D.C. United perform. Under Ben Olsen's management, Paul became diverse on the right and started playing both right midfielder and right back. As of April 15, 2019, Arriola has 9 goals and 11 assists for DC United.


Arriola has been part of the United States youth national team set ups and was part of the squad for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship but did not appear in any matches because of an injury. The United States went on to win the tournament. He made three starts in four matches at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.[10] In 2013, Arriola joined the United States U18 squad for a trip to Europe for friendlies against France and Uruquay.[11] Despite playing for the youth teams of the United States, Arriola applied for Mexican citizenship which would allow him to play as a domestic player in Liga MX rather than occupying one of the five foreign player spots.[3]

Arriola made the United States U20 squad at the 2014 Dallas Cup and 2014 NTC Invitational.[12][13] Arriola made the United States U20 squad for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, appearing in four of the team's five matches and scoring a goal in a 4–0 rout of hosts New Zealand in the group stage.[14]

Arriola made the United States U23 squad for the Olympic qualifiers versus Colombia's U23 team. After not playing the first match on March 25, he started and played 45 minutes in the second leg at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.[15] The United States U23 lost the series 3–2 on aggregate.

Arriola made his senior team debut on May 22, 2016 against Puerto Rico, scoring his first international goal and notching an assist for a Bobby Wood goal.

Personal life[edit]

Paul is in a relationship with Akela Banuelos. They both run a youtube channel together called Kickin' It was Akela and Paul.

Career statistics[edit]


As of March 28, 2019[16]
Club Season League League Cup Domestic Cup CONCACAF Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tijuana 2013–14 20 1 0 0 0 0 5 2 25 3
2014–15 5 0 0 0 8 0 13 0
2015–16 26 1 0 0 11 2 37 3
2016–17 28 2 3 0 0 0 31 2
2017–18 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Total 80 4 3 0 20 3 5 2 108 9
D.C. United 2017 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
2018 28 7 0 0 1 0 29 7
2019 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 42 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 43 9
Career total 122 13 3 0 21 4 5 2 151 18


As of March 27, 2019[17]
United States
Year Apps Goals
2016 3 2
2017 12 0
2018 2 0
2019 4 1
Total 21 3

International goals[edit]

As of matches played February 2, 2019. United States score listed first, score column indicates score after each Arriola goal.[17]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 May 22, 2016 Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium, Bayamón, Puerto Rico 1  Puerto Rico 3–1 3–1 Friendly
2 September 6, 2016 EverBank Field, Jacksonville, United States 2  Trinidad and Tobago 4–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 February 2, 2019 Avaya Stadium, San Jose, United States 18  Costa Rica 2–0 2–0 Friendly



United States[17]


  1. ^ "40-Player National Team Roster: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup: United States" (PDF). CONCACAF. p. 16. Retrieved May 21, 2019 – via Bernews.
  2. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. May 30, 2015. p. 23. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Marshall, Tom. "American Exports: Paul Arriola explains difficult decision to choose Club Tijuana over LA Galaxy". Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Serrano, Adam. "Youth star Arriola makes Galaxy Development Academy debut". Los Angeles Galaxy. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  5. ^ Marshall, Tom. "Galaxy Academy forward Arriola training at Club Tijuana". Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  6. ^ Firchau, Nick. "Paul Arriola leaving for Tijuana disappointing, but no real surprise for LA Galaxy". Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  7. ^ Marshall, Tom. "American Exports: Paul Arriola nets for Club Tijuana in San Diego Clasico vs. Club America". Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  8. ^ Marshall, Tom. "American Exports: Ex-LA Galaxy academy player Paul Arriola registers assist in Club Tijuana debut". Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  9. ^ Goff, Steven (August 9, 2017). "D.C. United signs Paul Arriola in most expensive deal in club history" – via
  10. ^ "Paul Arriola Profile". US Soccer. Archived from the original on August 7, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  11. ^ Clark, Travis. "Despite results, U18 MNT happy with progress". Top Drawer Soccer. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  12. ^ "U-20 MNT Into Dallas Cup Semifinals". USSF. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Ramos Names U-20 MNT Roster for NTC Invitational". USSF. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  14. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 - Statistics - Players - Top goals -".
  15. ^ "United States U23 v Colombia U23". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
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  17. ^ a b c "Paul Arriola - Soccerway". Retrieved February 2, 2019.

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