As it stands right now, the Seattle Sounders FC hold the second position in the MLS Allocation Order which essentially determines who has the first crack at negotiating contracts with a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee.
The first spot is currently held by the Philadelphia Union, who acquired the position in a trade with D.C. United earlier on Tuesday. Philadelphia is rumored to be in the running for Stoke City and USMNT midfielder Maurice Edu, who would be counted against the allocation order despite being a designated player.
MLS moves are coming thick and fast. I can also add that I’m told the Seattle Sounders are lining up a move to sign Marco Pappa, #MLS
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 14, 2014
Seattle is wasting no time finding their man by targeting 26-year-old Guatemalan international and former Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa. He originally signed a one-and-a-half year loan deal with Chicago from his hometown club CSD Municipal making enough of an impact with the club to transfer there fully in 2010.
Pappa went on to play for three more seasons with Chicago scoring 21 goals in 76 appearances while continuing to be a key member of the Guatemalan National Team.
His skill and youth earned him a call from Europe where he would transfer in the fall of 2012 to SC Heerenveen in Dutch Eredivise. He would spend two very unproductive seasons with the club only making a handful of appearances before being released on Jan. 3.
This move would be a very good one for Seattle who are in need of another offensive playmaker whose name isn’t Clint Dempsey. Pappa could easily slide into the lineup filling the void left by the departing Mauro Rosales. Although this will surely effect Lamar Neagle‘s playing time during the early parts of the season, it will also increase his role as the primary sub for players leaving for international duty.
Best of all for Seattle is that he is a free agent which will eliminate the need for a transfer fee negotiation, though, they will be using their spot in the allocation order; this would be a very wise pickup for Sigi Schmid and company.