Sunday, August 18, 2013

88' Arriola (Castillo)

Paul Arriola, 18, scored an 88th-minute equalizer for Tijuana at Monterrey Saturday night. None other than Edgar "El Homey" Castillo had the assist on the breakaway tally.

It was Arriola's third Liga MX appearance and his first goal in the league. Humberto Suazo scored the winner for Monterrey a minute later.



Arriola is a U.S. Under-18 striker who turned down the L.A. Galaxy to play for Tijuana. He previously played for the U.S. U-17s, including three caps in the 2011 U-17 World Cup. The striker is applying for Mexican citizenship as his grandparents immigrated from Mexico.

If successful in gaining citizenship, he would stop occupying a foreign player spot on the Xolos roster, and become eligible to represent Mexico in international play.

- Jacob Klinger

11 comments:

Tom said...

Deft

Mike said...

If he played for the US before having Mexican citizenship, doesn't that mean he would not be eligible to play for Mexico?

Greg Seltzer said...

As far as I know that is correct, Mike.

BTM said...

Also, this article would seem to imply that he has great-grandparents - but no grandparent - born in Mexico, so he wouldn't be eligible for El Tri under FIFA guidelines regardless of previous appearances for the US.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/05/06/american-exports-paul-arriola-explains-difficult-decision-choose-club-tijuan

dikranovich said...

If he wants to play for Mexico, which I doubt, then he should be able to. He has not played in a full international for the USA.

Greg Seltzer said...

Rules are rules, man.

dikranovich said...

According to article 16 a player may represent more than one association in an international match so long as that player, in addition to having the relevant nationality, fulfills at least one of the following conditions:

$. His birth is in the territory of the relevant association. (Aron johansson)
$. Either biological parents born in territory (j jones)
$. Either grand parents born in territory of the association. (Several Irish players from 1994 )
$. The player has lived continuously in the territory of the association for two years(potentially arriola)

Greg Seltzer said...

He become cap-tied to the US before he had Mexican citizenship, which means he cannot play for Mexico. Them's the rules. So why are you trying to ship the kid off to El Tri?

Good grief already.

dikranovich said...

Please explain how he is cap tied.

Greg Seltzer said...

Erm, the same way Johansson and Johnson were, by appearances in a competitive youth tourney?

Besides, dude, we've already established he has no Mexican grandparents. Why is it so impossible sometimes to jam reality into your cerebrum?

dikranovich said...

Oh, ok, that explains everything.