Ariola got married the next day.
But the timing was right. his wedding Playing alongside Aquila Banuelos at Ocean View in Palos Verdes, CA marks the beginning of a new journey.
“In many situations that we go through, there’s no opportunity for them to dictate how to proceed, right?” Arriola said on Tuesday. “I couldn’t control whether I was in the World Cup squad, but I could control how I wanted to respond,” she said.
“I’m married now, but hopefully one day I’ll have kids. I hope they see their father and he literally goes through the failure of his dreams to get up and join the program and keep playing.” I would like to be able to say that I have chosen to respond with
Aliora accepted the invitation to this MLS Heavy Campfor the first time since the United States Lost to Netherlands in Round of 16 of the World Cup on December 3He is one of 24 players preparing for Wednesday’s friendly against Serbia in Los Angeles and Saturday’s friendly against Colombia in Carson.
The five who attended here were in Qatar, but none were seriously considered last fall.
“The coaches said they completely understand that I don’t want to participate, I don’t want to participate. At first, that was the reaction of all the players,” Ariola said. “The past few weeks [before deciding], came to the point of accepting that they weren’t on the World Cup team. And I don’t want it to hold me back. ”
Arriola said Berhalter might have felt differently had he asked. Burhalter’s contract expired on December 31. Additionally, the United States Soccer Federation has continued to evaluate his and the team’s performances during his four-year tenure and is under investigation as to whether to offer a new contract. kicking his future wife in 1991.
Berhalter’s rift with the family of attacker Gio Reyna added a second uncomfortable layer to the program’s directional uncertainty.
“If it had been Greg who had called me, it would have been even harder to think of coming back,” said Ariola. He added that there was “certainly less hesitation” because of
Arriola explained the moment when Berhalter said he wasn’t in the World Cup squad. 5 days Before the 26-man roster is announced, a domestic-based squad had just finished camp in Frisco, Texas. it was saturday. Arriola said the players would know the fate of the roster on Sunday.
From the domestic side, Arriola were the only serious candidates cut — the rest were European clubs — so Berhalter decided to speak directly to Arriola a day earlier.
Arriola didn’t expect to hear it in any way. he was disappointed He reportedly told Burhalter: I respect you as a person and I respect your decisions. I disagree with your decision. I think you are wrong. ”
Arriola appears to have lost to Seattle Sounders attacker Jordan Morris, who made two late World Cup appearances.
Arriola was in California watching the tournament with his family and began planning his wedding and the start of the MLS preseason. He said he couldn’t help but think about his national team’s future the whole time.
According to Arriola, two things influenced his decision.one athletic articles In it, midfielder Sascha Kriestan said his career was “ten times better” after missing out on the squad for the 2014 US World Cup. Scoring twice in the World Cup qualifiers, he ended his 17-year professional career last fall.
The second most influential factor came from his mother-in-law’s doctor. She said she didn’t know.
She passed the doctor’s message on to her son-in-law. He has to do it for you, for everyone who loves him, who supports him, who thinks he should have made it to the World Cup. can not. ”
Arriola also spoke regularly with one of his close friends, DC United’s Russell Canouse.
“He was deeply saddened, frustrated and struggling to cope,” Canoez said. “The fact that he’s in camp shows his character and character.”
The current staff turned to Arriola and World Cup players Walker Zimmerman, Sean Johnson, Jesús Ferreira and Kellyn Acosta to coach a group of 12 players under the age of 23. On this roster, Arriola’s 48 caps are his second only to Acosta (55) and his 10 goals are his most.
Unlike the five World Cup players here, “It’s a tricky scenario. [for Arriola] Anthony Hudson, World Cup assistant in charge of the camp, said: “We asked him if he wanted to and how he was feeling, and his response was exactly what you would expect from such a good person and good character.
Ariola, who turns 28 on February 5, admits he may not have a long-term future with a US team.The next World Cup is three and a half years away.
“I understand that this is a transition period between World Cups,” he said. “For me, living in the moment, this was a statement to myself and the people around me, to play for them. Enjoy the experience now.”