With the move, Seattle sheds a salary-cap hit that was set to significantly spike next season. The deal had been in the making since last week.
Guatemalan international Marco Pappa has been traded from the Sounders to the Colorado Rapids for allocation money, the club confirmed Tuesday in a statement, completing a move that had been in the making since late last week.
Per league and team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the reasoning behind it is fairly straightforward.
Colorado, which finished by some distance as the lowest-scoring team in MLS this past season, adds some much needed attacking firepower. Pappa can both score and create. He scored nine goals and added 11 assists in two seasons with Seattle. Pappa has proven big-game chops as well, having scored the pair of goals that clinched the 2014 Supporters’ Shield and peaked in time to help lead the Sounders back to the playoffs this past season.
Seattle sheds a salary-cap hit that was set to significantly increase from the $75,000 reported by the MLS Players’ Union in 2015. Though $800,000 in additional Targeted Allocation Money just flooded into the market last week, Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey revealed that the club has already burned through all of that after spending big last summer on attackers Nelson Valdez, Erik Friberg and Andreas Ivanschitz.
Pappa’s summer arrest for driving under the influence and subsequent layoff actually necessitated some of those acquisitions. And with Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey and Valdez occupying the three Designated Player slots and Osvaldo Alonso and Roman Torres just below that line, the club was always going to struggle to squeeze in another player at that level under the cap.