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MLS Ticker: Arriola signs multi-year extension, Glass named interim coach at Atlanta United and more

U.S. Men’s National Team winger Paul Arriola committed his immediate future to D.C. United.

The Black and Red signed Arriola to a multi-year contract extension on Monday, locking him up through the 2023 MLS season. D.C. United also holds a player option for the 2024 season.

“Paul has been an immense attacking player and fan favorite since he arrived at our club and we are thrilled to secure his long-term future,” D.C. United GM and VP of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper said. “We know Paul will be back stronger than ever and we look forward to his return at Audi Field.”

Since joining the Black and Red from Liga MX side Club Tijuana in Aug. 2017, Arriola has become one of the top wingers in MLS. He’s scored 14 league goals and added 10 assists in 68 appearances, being named to the MLS Team of the Week nine times.

His presence with the USMNT has also grown since arriving in MLS, earning 33 total caps since 2016. Arriola has scored five goals and added four assists on the international level.

Atlanta United names Glass as interim head coach

Atlanta United made an internal promotion to fill the vacant head coaching position at the club.

Stephen Glass has been named interim head coach, the Eastern Conference club announced Monday. Glass, the former head coach of Atlanta United 2 take overs immediately while the team has begun to search for a permanent replacement for Frank De Boer. Academy Director Tony Annan will take over as interim head coach of Atlanta United 2 due to Glass’ promotion.

“Stephen not only has professional experience as a player at the highest levels of the sport, he is a proven leader and is well respected as a coach by his players and staff,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said. “We have great confidence that Stephen will reenergize the team and move the club in the right direction during this transition period.”

A Scotland native, Glass joined Atlanta United in Aug. 2018 before being promoted to head coach of ATL UTD 2 in Jan. 2019. As a player, Glass made 380 professional league appearances, featuring to Newcastle United, Watford, and Aberdeen.

“I am honored to take over as interim head coach for the Atlanta United first team,” Glass said. “I am committed to continuing the hard work the team has done to establish itself as a top club in MLS, and to meeting the high standard expected of us both on and off the field. I look forward to quickly establishing a structure and rapport with the players as we prepare to return to play in our home market.”

Atlanta United failed to win either of its three group stage matches at the 2020 MLS is Back Tournament.

Dynamo signs U.S. Men’s Youth National Team player Hoffmann

Houston Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos will have a familiar face join him in 2021.

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team product Ian Hoffmann signed a first-team contract with the Dynamo on Monday. Hoffmann will officially join the Dynamo in Jan. 2021, but first will be added to the club’s USL Championship affiliate, Rio Grande Valley FC for the 2020 season.

Hoffmann has spent the last three seasons at the Academy level with 2. Bundesliga side Karlsruher SC. In two seasons with the club’s Under-19 team, Hoffmann totaled 38 appearances. He also led the Under-17’s in goals in his first season in Germany.

“Ian is a talented and promising young player who brings valuable European and youth national team experience to our club,” said Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “Tab and our coaching staff are very familiar with Ian’s quality on the field and character off the field. We’d like to welcome him to our organization and look forward to his continued development with RGV prior to joining the Dynamo in January.”

Hoffmann has made two appearances for the U.S. U-20’s, scoring one goal. He’s previously worked with Ramos on the international level, as well as current Dynamo assistant coach Omid Nzmazi with the U.S. U-18’s




  1. Arriola’s time with the USMNT is nearly up. He’s currently sidelined due to his ACL, and while he’s out injured the young guns have been progressing. Honestly think that by the time he returns from Injury he’ll be behind all the rest in the pecking order.
    Pulisic is clearly the starting LW.
    Reyna has proved through his play @ BvB he should at the very least be in the 23. He’ll either line up as the RW or CAM.
    Weah has basically recovered from his hamstring injury. He’ll be in line for consistent minutes with Lillie when League 1 restarts. Should be in line for the starting RW if Reyna is the CAM or Back-up to Reyna if he’s deployed as the RW. Can also play as a Forward.
    Uli showed at the January Camp that he’s up to the standards of CONCACAF. If he gets into the rotation this upcoming season with Wolfsberg I see no reason why he shouldn’t be in consideration as a LW sub for the USMNT.
    Morris was already the preferred starter over Arriola as the RW….no reason to believe that Arriola will overtake him considering his long lay-off.
    Boyd is back to seeing consistent minutes with his Turkish club…I’d expect him to remain in discussion for the 23.
    Ferreria showed well in the January camp as the striker, but he can also play either wing or as the CAM.

    • It does not matter what players are in the USMNT pool, as long as Shithalter is in charge. We are doomed with him at the helm, we need Bielsa or Almeyda to take over.


      • I don’t see how you can cast those types of aspersions on Berhalter after just one year in charge. The team hasn’t looked any worse in their first year under him than any other manager we’ve had at the helm in that same time frame. Are you saying it’s a shit show because we lost to Mexico in the GC final, because if my memory serves me correctly we haven’t beat Mexico in a final in years, so this is not a GB thing. This pool is lacking in talent, but more importantly in talent that is playing regularly, so while it may be the cool thing to do within the usmnt fanbase to scold GB for certain call ups just again think about how bereft of talent this team is in several positions. I love the hope that people have about certain players being able to stay healthy and eventually playing regularly with their clubs but that is a wait and see game that must have a backup plan if/when those players don’t live up to their billing health wise or production wise. Another thing is management needs to be given more time to sort out the pool and establish a way of playing that everyone feels good about and a year isn’t enough time to sort all of that out! This is not a club team, so let’s not treat it as such

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