Marco Pappa confirms his return to MLS – but which club will claim him?
So Marco Pappa has, via his Twitter account, announced he's coming back to MLS after a disappointing spell at Dutch side SC Heerenveen.
But where will he end up?
Hago oficial mi regreso ala MLS lo cual me tiene más que feliz , gracias a muchos por sus buenas vibras , ya con muchas ansias de empezar ..
— Marco Pappa (@marcopappas16) January 21, 2014
The left-footed midfielder has already made his preference clear: "I've had various offers but I'd be inclined to return to Chicago, where they've loved and appreciated me and where I feel happy," he told Guatemalan media. "I lived through some tough moments in Holland, but that time helped me to grow and mature. I hope to start well and achieve important things in Chicago."
However, since the Chicago Fire collected a transfer fee from Heerenveen in August 2012, the club does not maintain a right of first refusal in the case of a return to MLS. And on Thursday the league confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that Pappa's only way back to the league is via allocation rankings, which currently see Chicago in the eighth spot (check out 2A of the official MLS Roster Rules and Regulations for more on the allocation ranking).
For the Guatemalan international to wind up in Chicago once again, the Fire would either need to trade for a higher spot in the allocation order or have Pappa drop to them after seven other teams pass.
The Fire could also opt to make him a Designated Player, which is probably an unlikely scenario given that Pappa is coming off just 11 appearances (one start) in the 2012-13 campaign and none in Heerenveen's current Eredivisie campaign, leading to the termination of his contract earlier this month.