Pappa with Chicago Fire in 2008
|Full name||Marco Pablo Pappa Ponce|
|Date of birth||15 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Seattle Sounders FC|
|2008–2009||→ Chicago Fire (loan)||36||(5)|
|2014–||Seattle Sounders FC||55||(9)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:15, 1 September 2015 (UTC).
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)
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. He scored his first MLS goal on 5 April 2009, in a game against the New York Red Bulls. 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.
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, and finished the year with seven goals (being the team's top scorer) and five assists. 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.
During the 2011 season, Pappa scored eight goals, including a hat-trick on 28 September 2011 in an away win against Real Salt Lake, earning the "Player of the Week" award and becoming the second Guatemalan player to score three goals in an MLS match after Carlos Ruiz had done it in 2002 and 2003.
Per an announcement made on 13 August 2012 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. 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.
Seattle Sounders FC (2014–)
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 12 February 2014. On 25 October, Pappa came off the bench and scored twice as the Sounders defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 2−0 to clinch the Supporters' Shield, as the best club in MLS during the regular season.
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 and at the 2011 Gold Cup, where he scored the second goal of a 4–0 win against Grenada.
During 2014 World Cup qualification, 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.
At the 2014 Copa Centroamericana, Pappa helped Guatemala to a runner-up finish and qualification for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He scored four goals in four matches en route to winning the tournament's Golden Boot as its top scorer and the Golden Ball as its best player.
- Scores and results list. Guatemala's goal tally first.
|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|
|9.||10 September 2014||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States||Honduras||1–0||2–0|
|Seattle Sounders FC||2014||33||6||4||1||—||—||37||7|
- "AT&T Goal of the Year winner: Marco Pappa". Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Video of the 2010 MLS Goal of the Year". Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/soccer/news/story?id=7033194
- Source: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/10/03/pappa-takes-player-week-honors-week-29
- "Marco Pappa per 1 januari naar Heerenveen". Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- "Marco Pappa to Join SC Heerenveen at Conclusion of 2012 MLS Season". chicago-fire.com. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- Marco Pappa Transferred to SC Heerenveen
- "Heerenveen haalt Varga en laat Pappa vertrekken". nieuws.nl. 3 January 2014.
- "Marco Pappa deja el Heerenveen". prensalibre.com. 3 January 2014.
- "Seattle Sounders 2-0 Los Angeles Galaxy". ESPNFC. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
- UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2009 – Details – RSSSF
- Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
- Seattle Sounders FC (30 June 2015). "Interview: Garth Lagerwey on signing Erik Friberg and possibility of new MLS rule". youtube.com. Retrieved 14 August 2015.