“Paul is super enthusiastic,” D.C. United head coach Hernan Losada said. “He has started looking [closer to] his best shape. He looks good, looks great.”
The U.S. Men’s National Team winger is sorely missed in the final third for D.C. United, which has lost three consecutive matches since a comeback home victory over NYCFC on the opening weekend. Injuries have also forced Losada to truly dip into his bench and even youth set-up to get through some of the recent defeats.
When healthy, Arriola is one of the best wide players in MLS and especially for D.C. United in league play. The 26-year-old contributed six goals or more in both of the 2018 and 2019 MLS campaigns before his serious knee injury caused him to miss ample time in 2020.
After seeing his loan move to Wales end earlier than expected, Arriola is ready to jump back into action.