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USA v Puerto Rico HIGHLIGHT: Xolos Paul Arriola scores in national team debut

Makes the score 3-1.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Arriola scored in the 56th minute of his national team debut to put the United States men's national team up 3-1 in their friendly against Puerto Rico.

He tapped the ball in off an Alejandro Bedoya cross.

Here's the highlight of his goal:

Arriola is playing slightly out of position today at striker. According to the broadcast, usually he is more of an attacking midfielder or winger for his club.

Herculez Gomez referred to Arriola as "The Pride of Chula Vista, California" during the pre-match show.

Arriola left the LA Galaxy to sign a professional deal with Liga MX club Tijuana in 2013. He's appeared with multiple United States youth national teams.

He's made 50 Liga MX appearances with Tijuana, scoring two goals.


The United States began the match with the following starting lineup:

Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan

Defenders: Deandre Yedlin, Michael Orozco, John Anthony Brooks, Tim Ream

Midfielders: Perry Kitchen, Danny Williams, Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales

Strikers: Bobby Wood, Paul Arriola

At halftime, Jurgen Klinsmann substituted Tim Howard for Brad Guzan, Emerson Hyndman for Perry Kitchen, and Matt Miazga for John Anthony Brooks.