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January 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Report: Sounders FC lining up move for midfielder Marco Pappa

It looks like the Sounders might not be waiting long to use the No. 2 spot in the allocation order.

Soccer By Ives is reporting (see tweet above) that Seattle is lining up a move for former MLS midfielder Marco Pappa, who played for the Chicago Fire from 2008-2012 before being sold to Dutch club SC Heerenveen.

Pappa would be subject to the allocation order since there was a transfer fee involved in his move from Chicago. The Sounders acquired the No. 2 spot in said order through a trade with Chivas USA involving midfielder Mauro Rosales. (The Union traded for the No. 1 spot in the order Tuesday but are reportedly interested in signing USMNT international Maurice Edu).

Kyle McCarthy of FOX Soccer also reported Tuesday that the SBI report “has legs”.

Pappa, you might remember, was involved in a postgame scuffle in 2012 between the Fire and Seattle. He even went so far to slap Brad Evans, the current Sounders captain. Water under the bridge, I’m sure. Evans even called Pappa “a good player” in the aftermath.

Pappa scored 26 goals in his final four seasons in Chicago and would appear to fit in perfectly as a left-sided midfielder, a position for the Sounders that doesn’t have a clear-cut starter at the moment.

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