DC United loan midfielder Paul Arriola to Swansea City EFL Championship
DC United announced on Monday that Paul Arriola will join AFC Swansea City on a short-term loan that will last until the end of the English Football League (EFL) championship season.
DC United and United States Men’s National Team midfielder Paul Arriola travel abroad.
In a statement released on Monday, DC United announced on Monday that Arriola will join AFC Swansea City on a short-term loan that will last until the end of the English Football League (EFL) championship season.
Swansea sits second in the standings with 40 points (14-8-4) in the first 26 games of the season. Seeking to hold onto an automatic promotion spot, they added Arriola just weeks after signing a season-long loan deal for another US international with Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris.
“We spoke with Paul and understand how exciting this step is for him in his professional career,” said Dave Kasper, general manager of DC United and vice president of football operations. “We wish Paul the best of luck and hope he will join our club.”
The 25-year-old has 14 goals and 13 assists in 72 appearances in all competitions for Black & Red. He was part of the starting lineup under former coach Ben Olsen, before suffering an ACL tear in a 2020 preseason game.
Arriola appears to have fully recovered, earning an appeal to Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT camp in January. He won his 18th national team cap on Sunday, scoring a brace in USMNT’s 7-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.
MLS announced that the first games of the The 2021 season would start in April, which means Arriola, who signed with DC United as a young designate in 2017, could miss the start of his fifth MLS season and debut season under new manager Hernan Losada. DC United have the option of recalling Arriola before the MLS primary transfer window closes on May 4. With 20 games to go, the EFL Championship season is set to end on May 8.
But the league and the MLSPA are still negotiating changes to the collective agreement, with the league apparently set to impose a Thursday, February 4 deadline, after which it plans to lock players out. If MLS experiences the first stoppage of work in its 26-year history, Arriola would likely stay with the Wales-based club until the end of the season.
He could make his debut as early as Friday, if Swansea manager Steve Cooper gives him the green light against league-leading Norwich City. Morris made his debut for the Swans on Saturday, coming off the bench in the 83rd minute of their 3-1 win over Rotherham United.