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USMNT’s Arriola likely will miss MLS season, six World Cup qualifiers

Paul Arriola

United States’ Paul Arriola (20) and Costa Rica’s Francisco Calvo (15) vie for control of the ball during a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, July 22, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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WASHINGTON -- D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola had major knee surgery Monday and likely will miss the entire Major League Soccer season and the United States’ first six qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup

The operation was to reconstruct his right anterior cruciate ligament. The team said there was no additional cartilage damage.

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The 25-year-old midfielder injured his knee Feb. 15 during D.C. United’s preseason match against Orlando in Tampa, Florida.

Arriola has been a regular starter for the U.S. national team under coach Gregg Berhalter. Arriola has five goals in 33 international appearances.

After failing to reach the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. starts qualifying for the 2022 tournament this year. The Americans have two matches each in September, October and November, then complete qualifying with two games apiece in March and September 2021.