According to a report by Tom Bogert, FC Dallas has traded $2 mil in GAM (General Allocation Money) to DC United to acquire 26-year-old right wing Paul Arriola.
Note: Bogert, whose track record is excellent, literally works for MLS so this kind of report we feel confident passing along.
Arriola was on a $1 mil salary in 2021 so he should fill FCD’s third DP slot unless the club uses its abundance of GAM to buy his salary cap hit down. Those same boatloads of GAM are what allow FCD to pull off an internal to MLS move like this.
Update 1/25: Bogert says it’s done.
3rd Degree’s Take
Quite obviously the new coach’s relationship with Arriola from the USMNT is the key factor here. Arriola is noted for work rate and leadership, something FCD could use more of.
Arriola becomes, in our minds anyway, the presumptive right wing starter ahead of Jader Obrian. Obrian is an excellent change of pace bench threat and has been used on the left on occasion as well. Arriola has been used on the left as well, I’m sure.
Steven Goff says not so fast my friend.