No one said playing in Europe was easy. Former Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa certainly found that out to be true. Yesterday the Guatemalan tweeted out that he would be returning to this side of the pond after a couple lackluster seasons in Holland.
Hago oficial mi regreso ala MLS lo cual me tiene más que feliz , gracias a muchos por sus buenas vibras , ya con muchas ansias de empezar ..— Marco Pappa (@marcopappas16) January 21, 2014
Naturally, he would like to return to Chicago but given how the Fire received a transfer fee at the time of his departure from the league, they won't have the first right of refusal for his services. Instead, Pappa will likely head to the lovely Allocation Order. FC Dallas currently sits fifth in that order behind Columbus, Toronto, Seattle (trade w/ Chivas last year) and Philadelphia (trade w/ DCU).
There have been talks with Pappa and Seattle in the past few weeks but with Dallas sitting high enough in the allocation, would it be wise for the club to take a chance on Pappa should deals fall through with the other four clubs (it should be noted that teams can indeed pass on a player in the allocation)? I would think so.
Dallas has a need on the wings and Pappa would be a quality player to fill those needs. Pappa had 26 goals and 16 assist for the Fire during his stay in MLS the first time around. The left-footed midfielder would fit nicely in a 4-3-3, or even the old 4-2-3-1.
This move is still a bit of a long shot as Philadelphia is waiting to settle the Maurice Edu situation. Should that deal fall through, they may take Pappa in the allocation, even if it is just to trade him away to the highest bidder.
What do you think about a potential move to land Pappa? Would it be worth the risk? Or should FC Dallas hold out and wait for someone else to use their allocation spot with?