DC United has confirmed that Paul Arriola will return to the club in the coming days as all parties have reached an agreement that his loan at Swansea City should end sooner. Arriola suffered a quadriceps injury that will rule him out between four and six weeks, which would effectively prevent him from playing for the Swans unless they make their way to the Championship promotion playoffs.
Wales Online and the Washington Post both reported the news earlier today. It’s unclear exactly when Arriola will return to the United States, but based on his injury recovery schedule, he could theoretically appear for United as early as their May 1 road game against the San José earthquakes. More likely, however, the home games on May 16 (City of Orlando) or May 23 (Philadelphia Union) are the likely matches for him to make his season debut for Black & Red.
Arriola’s loan began on February 1 and he made his debut in a 3-1 England Cup loss at Manchester city, playing 26 minutes and getting involved on Swansea’s only goal. From there, however, he only played twice more, totaling 18 minutes in the league. Swansea would initially need more competition and depth for his wings – Arriola’s natural stance – but the 26-year-old USMNT regular appears to have played most of his minutes there as part of an advanced match.
Arriola’s return brings United to 28 players, although they will start the season with at least three potential starters from that group (Arriola, Steven Birnbaum and Felipe Martins) unavailable due to injury.