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Report: USMNT mid Arriola suffers potentially serious knee injury

Paul Arriola injury

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21: D.C. United forward Paul Arriola (7) winds up for the shot on goal in the second half against the New York Red Bulls at Audi Field August 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. The D.C. United lost to the New York Red Bulls 2-1. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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DC United lost a significant piece of their puzzle in Saturday’s preseason win over Orlando City on Saturday.

That’s USMNT midfielder Paul Arriola, who will undergo scans on his knee to see the extent of a possible seaosn-ending ACL tear.

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Arriola, 25, has appeared in 16 of the 19 matches helmed by USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter.

Overall, the player has five goals and five assists in 33 caps. Arriola found two of those goals and three of those assists at this summer’s Gold Cup.

Arriola began his career at Dorados de Sinaloa and Club Tijuana in Liga MX before moving to DC in 2017. He has 14 goals and 13 assists in 71 appearances for the Black-and-Red, six and two in 2,553 minutes last season.

The U.S. could miss Arriola for the CONCACAF Nations League and the start of 2020 World Cup qualifying, but the blow is even bigger for a DC side about to open its MLS season on Feb. 29 versus Colorado.