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Arriola Joins D.C. United In Record Deal

USMNT Midfielder Leaves Xolos for Rebuilding MLS Club

Chula Vista native Paul Arriola just became a very, very rich man.

The United States men’s national team midfielder is leaving Club Tijuana to join D.C. United of Major League Soccer and it was an expensive move.

According to the Washington Post, the transfer fee is worth more than three million dollars. That makes this transaction the most expensive transfer in the history of the D.C. United franchise.

The Washington-based MLS club will also send allocation money to the Los Angeles Galaxy because that team holds Arriola’s MLS rights dating back to his days with the Galaxy youth academy.

Arriola announced his move Wednesday night with a long message on twitter where he thanked his fans and the Xolos.

Arriola earned a starting gig with the Xolos making 83 career appearances and scoring four goals. The 22-year-old also made four starts recently for the USMNT to help the Americans win the 2017 Gold Cup.

United is undergoing a massive reboot of its roster after a seven-game winless streak.

The team is also under pressure to get back on track in the win column because its new home, Audi Field opens next summer in time for the start of the 2018 season.

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