U.S. national team winger Paul
Arriola's knee injury was confirmed as an ACL tear, requiring that he undergo reconstruction surgery on Monday.
Team physician Dr. Chris Annunziata will perform the surgery on Arriola, who will be sidelined for up to nine months as he rehabilitates from the injury.
Arriola has been one of the most consistent performers on the U.S. national team since Gregg Berhalter took over as head coach in 2019. He suffered the knee injury in the first half of D.C. United’s 1-0 win over Orlando City on Feb. 15.
Arriola is one of five U.S. starters from the 2019 Gold Cup final currently sidelined with long injury layoffs.
-- Michael Bradley. The Toronto FC captain underwent surgery on his ankle in late January and could be sidelined as much as four months.
-- Matt Miazga. The Reading defender suffered a torn ankle ligament in the Royals' 1-1 tie with Cardiff City on Jan. 25 and faces a significant layoff..
-- Christian Pulisic. Pulisic hasn't played since Jan. 1 after suffering an adductor injury. He is training with the Chelsea U-23s while he regains his fitness.
-- Zack Steffen. The goalkeeper, on loan to Fortuna Duesseldorf from Manchester City, has not played since December with knee tendinitis.
On Saturday, the LA Galaxy announced that defender Danilo Acosta underwent surgery for ACL reconstruction and medial meniscal root repair and is expected to be out for 7-9 months. Acosta suffered the injury during the Galaxy’s preseason scrimmage against Toronto FC.