Marco Pappa got the winning assist today in Seattle's 1-0 win over Colorado, and then he took off for the Central American Cup, which will cost him the next couple of weeks of MLS play. It is expected that he'll be back in time for the U.S. Open Cup final at Philadelphia.
Here's some of what he had to say afterward.
On leaving on a high note: Happy to join the national team. For me it’s always special they think about me. But for sure before that I was thinking of Sounders. … Now for me I’ll miss the enxt couple of games with Guatemala hoping we can get our goal over there and then come back to the team and also keep working hard.
On the honor: Of course it’s always an honor to go on the national team when they think about me. You know how important it is to go represent your country no matter what. Like I say, I go with all my positives and hope we can do good with the national team, and I will also always be thinking about this team and hope they’re doing good.
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Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about Pappa:
On this lineup repeating from Sunday at Portland: "We had a good game last week and there were no injuries so there was no need to change anything at this point. As we move forward, Marco Pappa leaves to join the Guatemalan side so we'll have to make a change there. We have guys who are sitting on cards so the next yellow would make them sit out a game so there are always changes that end up forcing your hand so that's why you have to have good reserve players. Again, it was just a reflection of rewarding the team that played well last week." On Pappa's play: "He's done a good job on our set pieces, although (Gonzalo) Pineda has done well with those as well. Luckily we have two guys that do well with that. Marco is a guy who helps us keep possession with passes for our team and when he gets wide on the left flank, is also a guy who can get Oba crosses and get behind the defenses in that way. I thought he had one really good chance and thought he was going to pull the trigger instead of trying to lay it through. He's had a good season for us."