Marco Pappa

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Marco Pappa
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Personal information
Full name Marco Pablo Pappa Ponce
Date of birth (1987-11-15) 15 November 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Guatemala City, Guatemala
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC
Number 10
Youth career
2004–2006 Municipal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Municipal 5 (1)
2008–2009 Chicago Fire (loan) 36 (5)
2010–2012 Chicago Fire 76 (21)
2012–2014 Heerenveen 12 (0)
2014– Seattle Sounders FC 22 (3)
National team
2008– Guatemala 37 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 August 2014

Marco Pablo Pappa Ponce (born 15 November 1987) is a Guatemalan footballer who plays for the MLS club Seattle Sounders FC. He is a member of the Guatemala national team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Guatemala City, Pappa, who plays as a winger, joined his local side, Municipal, in 2004 at the age of 16, and made his professional debut in a domestic league match in August 2006 against Deportivo Petapa. He scored his first professional goal against Nicaraguan side Real Madriz during the 2007 UNCAF tournament.

Chicago Fire (2008–2012)[edit]

Pappa signed a one and a half-year loan deal with Chicago Fire on 30 July 2008, and made his MLS debut for Fire on 2 August 2008, against Chivas USA.[1] He scored his first MLS goal on 5 April 2009, in a game against the New York Red Bulls.[2] On 3 December 2009 The Fire exercised their option to buy Pappa's rights from Municipal, thus ending a two-year loan deal it had for Pappa and securing his services through the 2012 season.[3]

Pappa started the 2010 MLS season in great form for the Chicago Fire with 5 goals and 4 assists in his first 11 games, making one of the league's top performing midfielders,[4] and finished the year with seven goals (being the team's top scorer) and five assists.[5] He was also awarded the MLS "Goal of the Year" award of the 2010 season for his goal against San Jose Earthquakes on 10 April 2010.[6][7]

During the 2011 season, Pappa scored eight goals, including a hat-trick on 28 September 2011 in an away win against Real Salt Lake,[8] earning the "Player of the Week" award[9] and becoming the second Guatemalan player to score three goals in an MLS match after Carlos Ruiz had done it in 2002 and 2003.

Heerenveen (2012–2014)[edit]

Per an announcement made on 13 August 2012[10][11] Pappa was originally going to join the Dutch club SC Heerenveen of the Eredivisie on 1 January 2013 on a three-and-a-half-year deal. However on 30 August, Chicago agreed to make the deal an immediate transfer.[12] On 3 January 2014 Pappa was released by Heerenveen as they dissolved his contract to make room on their roster for the Hungarian Szabolcs Varga.[13][14][15]

Seattle Sounders FC (2014- )[edit]

Pappa was released by Heerenveen and entered the MLS Allocation process, being selected by the Seattle Sounders FC who had the first pick. He was officially given the number 10 jersey last worn by Mauro Rosales on February 12, 2014.

International career[edit]

Pappa has represented Guatemala at the U17, U20, U21 and U23 levels, and played for Guatemala at the U23 level in the qualifying tournament for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which they finished in fourth place after being one penalty shootout away from qualifying to the Olympic Tournament.

Pappa earned his first cap for the senior national team on 20 August 2008 in a 0–1 World Cup qualifying loss to the United States, appearing as a substitute. He scored his first goal for Guatemala on 15 October 2008 against Cuba. He participated at the UNCAF Nations Cup 2009[16] and at the 2011 Gold Cup, where he scored the second goal of a 4–0 win against Grenada.

During 2014 World Cup qualification,[17] he scored the first goal of a 4–0 win against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during the 2nd round, and in the third round, he scored from a direct free kick to equalize 1–1 at home against the United States.

International Goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Guatemala's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 October 2008 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba  Cuba 1–1 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 3 March 2010 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  El Salvador 1–0 2–1 Friendly
3 13 June 2011 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Grenada 2–0 4–0 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4 2 September 2011 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 12 June 2012  United States 1–1 1–1
6 15 August 2012 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States  Paraguay 1–1 3–3 Friendly
7. 3 September 2014 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States  El Salvador 1–0 2–1 2014 Copa Centroamericana
8. 2–0
9. 10 September 2014 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Honduras 1–0 2–0
10. 2–0

Career statistics[edit]

[18]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Guatemala League Cup League Cup North America Total
2006–07 Municipal Liga Nacional 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 2
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2008 Chicago Fire Major League Soccer 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
2009 30 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 34 5
2010 25 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 7
2011 29 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 33 8
2012 22 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 6
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2012–13 SC Heerenveen Eredivisie 12 0 0 0 - - 12 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Total Guatemala 15 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 16 4
USA 112 26 6 0 4 0 0 0 122 26
Netherlands 12 0 0 0 - - 12 0
Career total 139 29 6 0 4 0 1 1 150 30

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