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Player Profile: #8 Marco Pappa

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He does amazing things with the ball, to include stealing it from keepers that go wandering on the field of play.

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It is a rare player in MLS who has a disappointing season at six goals and five assists in 2,100 minutes as an attacking midfielder. Marco Pappa's return to MLS was questioned. Was the former All-Star and Fire great finished, or could he return to previous form?

He returned to previous form if you just look at crude stats. Six goals is his per-season average and the five assists are a slight uptick from prior years. He did that while winning Univision's MLS Player of Year. The only question now is whether he is a starter or not in 2015.

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Offense:

Pappa has great dribbling skills and touch radius. His ability to play the ball if it is within a few yards is rarely matched in MLS play. His vision and passing are quite good. Marco is prone to taking long shots too often. He is a fine free kick taker in direct and indirect circumstances.

Defense:

Pappa does a good job of applying pressure up the pitch, but does not drop as far back defensively as other "wide" midfielders on the team. Not a great tackler, but he can pick off the ball at opportune moments.

Physique:

Marco is fit enough for MLS play. If soccer is tactical, technical and physical that third leg is clearly his weakest point.

Best Case 2015:

Pappa is fully capable of scoring 10+ goals in all competitions and could even challenge double-digit assists. This is especially true if he is starting more often than he did at the end of 2014.