D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola, has been recalled for the United States’ upcoming World Cup Qualifier matches against Costa Rica (at Red Bull Arena on September 1) and at Honduras on September 5. The rest of us learned that Arriola has already arrived for USMNT duty, along with current German club players Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Bobby Wood (Hamburg) via a tweet from U.S. Soccer Sunday afternoon.
The USMNT is currently 3rd in CONCACAF qualifiers, a point ahead of Panama. That said, Panama goes on the road to play group leaders Mexico at Estadio Azteca on September 1 before hosting bottom-ranked Trinidad and Tobago. A win on 9/1 against the second place Ticos (who include recent former Black-and-Red forward Jose Ortiz on their roster) would go a long way towards cementing their place in the 2018 World Cup being held in Russia. The 22-year old Arriola has appeared for the United States 11 times for the first team, with two goals, including one for World Cup Qualifying last September against Trinidad and Tobago.
Arriola is the third player recently signed by D.C. to see a callup in ten days; Bruno Miranda was called for Bolivia (but had to bow out to a thigh injury) and Zoltan Stieber for Hungary were the previous callups (Stieber tweeted his departure to Hungary’s camp on Sunday). Camp for the United States begins tomorrow and as previously discussed for Miranda and Stieber, D.C. has no games between now and September 9, so Arriola should be able to return before then.
Update: Here’s the complete USMNT roster:
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Tim Ream (Fulham), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo)
Midfielders: Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV)