The Sounders got some great news last night when Cuba beat Guatemala and knocked the Central American side out of the Gold Cup. Marco Pappa, Guatemala's offensive lynchpin, is coming back to Seattle, Sigi Schmid confirmed today. While we don't know whether Pappa will be rested enough to start or will only be available off the bench, the Sounders #10 is back with the team and will be in the 18 this weekend.
Schmid says Pappa will be ready to go Saturday, although number of minutes to be determined.— Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) July 16, 2015
One step forward, one step back. Andy Craven left training today with a left leg injury, though it isn't clear how serious it is just yet. Craven collided with Charlie Lyon in practice and had to be helped off the field, a bad sign for the young forward who might have seen his first start this weekend.
Andy Craven taken from practice pitch with apparent left leg injury after collision with GK Lyon. No update from club yet.— Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) July 16, 2015
The Sounders are already without Obafemi Martins, Erik Friberg, and Stefan Frei already due to injuries and match fitness. Losing Craven is another blow, but getting back Pappa will add midfield depth and playmaking to the attack that has been missing during the Gold Cup.
The Sounders lineup and formation is still a mystery, but Sigi Schmid may push Marco Pappa to start with a return to a 4-4-2. Chad Barrett and Lamar Neagle are again likely up top after the injury today to Craven.