Paul ar­riola

World Soccer - - Rennes Saint- Etienne Toulouse -

Not one to let op­por­tu­ni­ties go to waste, the Mex­ico-based rightwinger could not have dreamt of a bet­ter start to his life with the US na­tional side, mark­ing his de­but with a goal and an as­sist against Puerto Rico in May and again on the score­sheet as Trinidad & Tobago were thumped 4-0 in the re­cent World Cup qual­i­fier.

A sur­prise in­clu­sion in Jur­gen Klins­mann’s squad, the 21-year-old is one of only nine play­ers to score in their first two out­ings for the United States and, as a winger who loves to take on de­fend­ers, he looks ex­actly what the side needs.

Born in Cal­i­for­nia to par­ents of Mex­i­can de­scent, he shone for the LA Galaxy youth team be­fore join­ing Mex­i­can top-flight side Ti­juana in 2012. How­ever, he con­tin­ues to live in the USA, com­mut­ing across the bor­der for train­ing and matches.

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