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Sounders take Pappa with allocation pick
January 31st, 2014 10:16PM

TAGS:  mls, seattle sounders


[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] The Seattle Sounders used their No. 1 selection in the allocation ranking order to select Guatemalan international Marco Pappa in what is effectively a straight swap for the player they gave up to obtain the selection from Chivas USA, Argentine Mauro Rosales.

Pappa played parts of five seasons with the Chicago Fire before being transferred to Heerenveen in August 2012. He had no goals in 12 matches for Heerenveen in the 2012-13 season and didn't even dress this season. The transfer severed the Fire's rights to Pappa.

"Marco is a proven and established player who has been very productive in this league," said Seattle sporting director Chris Henderson. "He has the technical quality to create chances for himself and his teammates at any moment. Marco has been able to adapt his game to the International level. He is a high-character guy who brings excitement and quality to our midfield."
Pappa had a breakout season in 2010 when he led the Fire with seven goals and added five assists in 25 appearances, earning MLS All-Star and Goal of the Year honors. He scored a career-high eight goals in the 2011 season and was named an inactive MLS All-Star. In his final season in MLS, Pappa recorded six goals and five assists in 22 appearances.

Allocation Order:
1 Toronto FC
2 Columbus
3 FC Dallas
4 D.C. United
5 Vancouver
6 Chicago
7 San Jose
8 Montreal
9 Colorado
10 New England
11 Chivas USA
12 LA Galaxy
13 New York
14 Houston
15 Portland
16 Real Salt Lake
17 Sporting KC
18 Philadelphia (Edu)
19 Seattle (Pappa)

Around training camp ...
Kelyn Rowe scored an opportunistic goal in the fifth minute, but Swedish champion Malmo FF rallied to tie the New England Revolution, 1-1, at IMG Academy Stadium.

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Malmo’s Emil Forsberg leveled the score in the 36th minute, and it had the best chance to win the game when when Pawel Cibicki’s shot rocketed off the crossbar and Erik Johansson’s follow-up sailed narrowly high in the 70th minute.
-- A familiar face for the Revs was Serbian trialist Marko Petrovic, who started against Malmo. Petrovic played two seasons for the Revs before returning home to play Red Star. She's also had stints at Persepolis in Iran and OFK Beograd in Serbia.

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