Marco Pappa has been cleared to rejoin the Seattle Sounders and resume all team activities after completing a league-mandated substance abuse program, it was announced on Wednesday. Pappa is expected to start training again with the Sounders soon -- possibly as soon as Thursday -- and can start playing again whenever the team deems him ready.
"Marco has taken the necessary steps to reach this point, and as an organization we continue to support him," Sounders FC General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a team release. "Due to the ongoing nature of the legal process, we have no further comment on this matter at this time."
Pappa has missed the Sounders' past four league games after being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in the early morning hours of July 19. Pappa was allegedly driving more than 80 miles per hour through downtown on I-5 and had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit. The league's doctors then ordered him into the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavior Program, where he's presumably been undergoing treatment ever since.
Pappa has scored two goals and has five assists in 16 appearances this season.