The Colorado Rapids today made a pretty significant splash as they traded for Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa in a deal that had been rumored for the past couple of days. This is a big move for the Rapids as they look to improve their goal scoring and general attacking threat after two down years.
The Rapids sent Seattle undisclosed "General Allocation Money" for Pappa.
Paul Bravo, Vice President of Soccer Operations and Technical Director had this to say about the acquisition of Pappa:
We are delighted to acquire a player of the caliber of Marco
The departure of Vicente Sánchez left a gap for a chief creator and we believe Marco can step in to that vital role. He is a seasoned international with European experience and has been part of high-quality Seattle side in recent years.
It is no secret we need to increase our attacking output. We are confident Marco will add a creative element to our attack which will benefit everyone on the field.
I really do like this move as Pappa has always been a creative player in Major League Soccer and that is something that is clearly lacking in Commerce City. Is Pappa a true #10? That will remain to be seen, but he is an upgrade over what the Rapids have had in the midfield. And that midfield suddenly looks a bit better for the Rapids but more reinforcements will be needed (and will be coming) as the Rapids look to rebuild for 2016.
So what do you think Rapids fans? Are you excited by this move? Let us know in the comment section below!