Marco Pappa would prefer to start the game on the field.
“Of course I want to play,” the Sounders midfielder said. “That’s part of why I decided to come back to the league. But the coaches know what they’re doing.”
Pappa came on as a substitute in both legs of Seattle’s season-ending home-and-home against the Galaxy. He provided a spark in L.A. last Sunday, as the Sounders scored twice in quick succession shortly after Pappa came on to earn a 2-2 draw. He provided the finishing touch on Saturday, scoring both Seattle goals as it clinched the Supporters’ Shield at home.
And Pappa has been rewarded with the MLS player of the week award for the second time in his career, the league announced Monday.
The 26-year-old also achieved the honor in week 29 of the 2011, when he was a member of the Chicago Fire, and becomes the third Sounder to win it this season after Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.
“Obviously, his contribution off the bench has been immense,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said.
Pappa’s hot run of form comes on the back of his standout performance at the Copa Centroamericana in September, where he helped Guatemala to a second-place finisher as the tournament’s top goal scorer.
“I came in with a lot of confidence from there,” Pappa said.