Finding success with the same line-up in back-to-back games for the first time this season, Seattle will have to change their line-up once again to fill for Marco Poppa, who departed for the Guatemalan national team in the Central American Cup.
Seattle midfielder Marco Pappa is setting off to play for the Guatemalan national team in the upcoming Central American Cup, running from September 3-13. The Seattle Sounders have never had the same line-up in back to back games, until the past two games against the Portland Timbers in a 4-2 victory and the 1-0 win against the Colorado Rapids.
Head coach Sigi Schmid found a working mixture and now he has to change it again due to Pappa’s departure for the next two MLS matchups.
The 26-year old left midfielder has already left for Guatemala and will definitely miss two games, when Seattle takes on Chivas USA tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. PDT (10:30 EST) and a revenge match against Real Salt Lake on Friday at 7:30 p.m. PDT. Should he leave right after that, he could be reinserted into the line-up by next weeks Tuesday night matchup against the Philadelphia Union at 4:30 PDT (7:30 EST), barring any travel/injury setbacks.
It is likely that we will see Lamar Neagle occupy Pappa’s spot on the left side. He has started 15 consecutive games this season, but was moved to the bench when Schmid replaced him with Kenny Cooper. Currently, Seattle has Micheal Azira, Aaron Kovar, Aaron Long and Andy Rose who can fill a midfielder’s spot, but look for Neagle to be name to the starting XI for tomorrow’s match.
With the team seeming to be clicking at the tail end of a forgettable August, it’ll be interesting to see if the change in one spot is anything to be worried about.
Look at the bright side, we may get a look at a player that we haven’t gotten to see as much.
Lucky for Seattle, the cup takes place within the United States, as Guatemala opens action against El Salvador in Washington D.C. at D.C. United’s RFK Stadium tomorrow, then off to Belize in Dallas on Sunday and wrapping up against Honduras in Houston on September 10th. So once the tournament ends, the hope is that Pappa can rejoin Seattle right in Philadephia for their matchup.
For now, let’s hope that the Sounders can replace him with no hitch in the line-up and continue to re-take command of the West.
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