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FC Dallas announced today that they've signed newcomer Paul Arriola to a four year contract, plus a club option year for 2026. Arriola was acquired late last month from DC United. (https://www.fcdallas.com/news/fc-dallas-signs-u-s-men-s-national-team-winger-paul-arriola)
He has not yet played for Dallas but has had four years experience in Major League Soccer. He is also familiar with head coach Nico Estevez due to his time with the United States' National Team. He's been part of the USMNT since 2010, beginning with their U17 side. Since then he has risen through the ranks and eventually made his debut for the senior national team in 2016. He was part of the U.S roster that won the 2021 Gold Cup, former Dallas players Reggie Cannon, Kellyn Acosta, and Walker Zimmerman were also on that squad as well.
His signing has signaled a new way of how Dallas builds a roster. He is the first player since Fafa Picault to be acquired within MLS and that was in 2020. He is also in the prime of his career at the age of 26. Seeing him and Dallas reach a new contract could be seen as a sign from the Hunts that they are serious about contending for a trophy in the next couple of years.