Chula Vista’s Paul Arriola Scores First Senior Goal in USMNT Win

Chula Vista’s Paul Arriola Scores First Senior Goal in USMNT Win

In his first ever appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT), Chula Vista native Paul Arriola registered a goal and an assist in a 3-1, win over Puerto Rico on Sunday in Puerto Rico.

Arriola, who plays professionally for Club Tijuana, earned a start in his first ever cap for the USMNT.  Playing out on the right wing, Arriola assisted on Bobby Wood’s goal in the 34th minute.

He then added a goal when he knocked home an Alejandro Bedoya cross in the 56th minute.

USMNT defender Tim Ream scored the opening goal in the 20th minute on a rebound from an Alfredo Morales shot that was originally saved by the Puerto Rico goalkeeper.

The match on Sunday was a split USMNT squad as about half of the players will shift over to the Copa America roster. Younger players like Arriola, Matt Miazga, Eric Lichaj, Danny Williams to name a few were not named to the USMNT’s Copa America roster. This was a one-off match for them.

The USMNT will now face Ecuador in Texas on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. local time.

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