It was announced today that the Seattle Sounders have come to official terms with midfielder Marco Pappa. The Sounders were able to make this deal happen by selecting Pappa with their No. 1 allocation ranking after Pappa decided to make a return to MLS after a year playing for Dutch club SC Heerenveen.
For those of you that remember Pappa for his early years in MLS as a member of the Chicago Fire, it is obvious that this signing is a big deal. Seattle has lost several of their top-flight players during this offseason, but the team is still shaping up to be extremely dangerous, especially with players like Clint Dempsey, Kenny Cooper and Obafemi Martins at the attacking positions. Mix in a little Lamar Neagle, Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin and you have a very scary attack for the Sounders come next season.
With the addition of Pappa, the Sounders will finally fill the void that was left when Mauro Rosales left after he departed to Chivas USA. Pappa was the catalyst that drove the Fire attack for several seasons during his time there. While with the Fire, Pappa scored 26 goals and assisted on 16 goals during his 112 appearances.
Pappa also brings international experience, as he has been capped 30 times for Guatemala. One of his more notable moments for his country was back in 2012 when he scored a goal against the USA during a World Cup qualifying match.
The 2014 MLS season is still a little over a month away, but with everything that has happened so far this offseason, it can be safe to say that this year will be one of, if not the best years ever in MLS history.