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Swansea City add USMNT forward Arriola on loan from D.C. United

02-Feb-2021, 08:31 am

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Swansea City have agreed to bring in Paul Arriola on loan for the remainder of the season in a transfer deadline pick up from D.C. United.

Arriola will join USMNT compatriot Jordan Morris at the Liberty Stadium. Morris signed with the Swans on loan from the Seattle Sounders on January 22.

As wasthe case with the 26-year-old Morris, a move to Europe for Arriola at 25 years old marks a now-or-never progression for the winger.

“We have spoken with Paul and we understand how exciting this step is for him in his professional career,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper told his club's website. “We wish Paul the best of luck and look forward to him rejoining our club.”

Arriola and Morris are set to feature in a promotion battle in the coming months. Swansea City are four points off the top in the Championship through 26 matches, trailing only Norwich City.

Arriola previously arrived at D.C. United from Club Tijuana for arecord fee of $3 million in 2017. He has scored 14 goals in 72MLS appearances, though he featured in the league just once last year because of his knee injury.

With Swansea City's transfer activity before the close of the transfer window, theUSMNT can continueits recent emergence in European competitions. The likes of Weston McKennie,GiovanniReyna, Sergino Dest andChristian Pulisic have added American flavor to some of the sport's biggest stages of late, building up talk of a "golden era" for the U.S. national team.

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