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Sounders acquire midfielder Marco Pappa

Seattle Sounders FC has acquired former MLS all-star midfielder Marco Pappa the club announced Friday.

The Sounders used their No. 1 selection in the MLS allocation rankings to acquire the former Chicago Fire star.

“Marco is a proven and established player who has been very productive in this league,” sporting director Chris Henderson said through a club press release. “He has the technical quality to create chances for himself and his teammates at any moment. Marco has been able to adaprt his game to the international level. He is a high-character guy who brings excitement and quality to our midfield.”

Pappa, 26, began his MLS career in 2008 on midseason loan to Chicago from CSD Municipal. In 2010, he led the Fire with seven goals and added five assists in 25 appearances. He was named to the all-star team and won the MLS award for goal of the year.

He played 11 matches for SC Heerenveen in the 2012-13 season of the Dutch Eredivisie.Pappa also has made 30 appearances with the Guatemala national team, recording five goals and three assists.

He will be added to the roster pending receipt of his P-1 visa and international transfer clearance. He is expected to join the team in Arizona, where it is conducting this phase of preseason training. He went on to a career-high eight goals in 2011.

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