U.S. Debutant Arriola Scores, Assists in Win
- Updated: May 22, 2016
U.S. debutant Paul Arriola scored hist first international goal to help his squad secure a 3-1 win their first-ever meeting with Puerto Rico on Sunday at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
Arriola collected his first goal for the senior side in the 56th minute on a ball set up by Boston College alum Alejandro Bedoya, who donned the captain’s armband for the first time during his international career.
Prior to his debut tally, the 21-year-old forward set up the second goal of the game, which came from a Bobby Wood chip in the 34th minute. Longtime U.S. defender Tim Ream also scored his first international goal top open the account in the 20th minute.
Debut, a goal, and an assist. God is GOOD! Thanks to everyone for the kind words and msgs. You guys are amazing!! pic.twitter.com/91e1uSjW30
— Paul Arriola (@PaulArriola) May 22, 2016
Puerto Rico’s lone goal came from Luis Betancur in the 42nd minute.
Brad Guzan and Tim Howard split the goalkeeping chores for the U.S., with the former starting the first half and the latter getting the nod after the break.
The U.S. will return to action on Wednesday when they meet Ecuador for an international friendly at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tx. at 8:00pm ET.