It would appear as though the Seattle Sounders will get to use their No. 2 spot in the Allocation Ranking sooner than later. Assuming the various reports are to be believed, the Philadelphia Union will use their newly acquired position atop the Allocation Ranking to pick Maurice Edu. That will then clear the way for the Sounders to select Marco Pappa, the former Chicago Fire midfielder.
MLS moves are coming thick and fast. I can also add that I'm told the Seattle Sounders are lining up a move to sign Marco Pappa, #MLS— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 14, 2014
The 26-year-old would make quite a bit of sense for the Sounders, who are in desperate need of a playmaker not named Clint Dempsey. During parts of five seasons, all with the Fire, the Guatemalan international scored 26 goals and had 16 assists before earning a transfer to Dutch side Heerenveen where he only made 12 appearances over parts of two seasons and ultimately being released earlier this month.
Although Pappa's tenure with the Fire was not always smooth, and his effort sometimes questioned, he obviously had some real talent. Among his more famous goals was an Olimpico he scored against the Sounders in 2012. Sounders fans will also likely remember that he got into a slap fight with Brad Evans after that match.