Gregg Berhalter announced his roster for the USMNT’s upcoming Nations League games against Cuba and Canada, and D.C. United attacking midfielder Paul Arriola is on the list. The United States will face Cuba on October 11 at Audi Field, before playing Canada at BMO Field four days later. The matches will be the U.S.’s first Nations League games ever, and their first truly competitive matches since this past summer’s Gold Cup.
Arriola has been a regular for some time now with the national team, amassing 28 caps and scoring 5 goals. Under Berhalter, Arriola has often lined up as a left winger, but his versatility means he could play on the right, in the middle (where he currently plays for United), or elsewhere in a pinch. Only Gyasi Zardes (13 appearances) has appeared in more games for the USMNT in 2019 than Arriola, who has picked up 11 caps this year.
In years past, this international window has tripped MLS up, causing players to miss late-season games, but a change to the league’s calendar means that there will be a break between the end of the regular season (this Sunday) and the opening games of the playoffs (October 19-20).
The full roster is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Sean Johnson (NYCFC), Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Defenders: Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact), Matt Miazga (Reading), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC)
Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)