When Guatemala takes on El Salvador in Los Angeles next Tuesday, they'll be doing so with the aid of Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa.
This appearance will be Pappa's second international call since taking time to go through a substance abuse program over the summer. The 27-year-old has proved to be a valuable player for the Sounders again, having a major influence on the team's late 1-1 draw over the weekend. This appearance shouldn't affect his ability with his club team, who go on the road to play the Houston Dynamo the following Sunday.
Pappa's last international stint helped Guatemala advance in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, but hasn't scored in international play since the Copa Centroamerica last year. Guatemala played in Honduras last night to a 1-1 draw.
Fellow Sounders Nelson Valdez (Paraguay, for 2018 World Cup qualifying) and Oniel Fisher (Jamaica, for a friendly) were also called in for international duty, but each will remain in Seattle. Valdez is currently rehabbing an injured calf that kept him out of the Galaxy match and Fisher is nursing an injured hamstring that also forced him out of that match.