Pappa to Heerenveen in January

After months of speculation it's finally official.  Marco Pappa has signed a pre-contract with SC Heerenveen and will join the Dutch club when his MLS contract expires at the end of the year.  Pappa, who is currently third among all-time leading Fire goal scorers is one of the more talented wide players in MLS and will now get an opportunity to play for a club participating in the Europa League.  SC Heerenveen has earned a third round qualifying spot in the 2012/13 tournament.

Pappa's contract is for 3.5 years and the Fire have retained his MLS rights should he return stateside.  This is a case where both the club and the player handled the transaction and discussion with class and respect.  The Fire attempted to extend his contract beyond this season but Pappa made it clear that he wanted to try a Euro move while he had the opportunity.  The move is a good one for Pappa, whose style of play should fit well in Holland but from the organization's standpoint it's always difficult to lose important players.  The club did extremely well to land Alvaro Fernandez as a potential replacement for Pappa's production thereby making the loss a bit easier to accept.

Pappa has had some ups and downs during his stay in Chicago, as most young players do but there's no denying his quality when he's playing well, which has been the case for most of this season.  It's a good sign for the Fire and MLS that successful European clubs continue to show interest in quality players like Marco Pappa.

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  • so next years need list: 1 center back, 1 outside mid, 1 center attacking mid. am i missing something else?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Center back should be ok with Berry and Anibaba but could use some depth if Friedrich doesn't return. Fernandez and Nyarko should be okay on the outside. Let's see how things shake out this season.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I agree with Guillermo. I think we're also always shopping around for the elusive "proven goalscorer."

    Well, at least we are. Not sure about the FO, but I hope so.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    i actually have to disagree with you on the outside position for next season. after nyarko and fernandez who esle do we have to play outside that can be effective? i think we will need to add depth at almost every position next season. we wo't have a CAM thats creative to start next season, outside mids we will have nyarko, fernandez, and............., in the d we should be okay on the outside but in the center we have gibbs(coming off an injury), anibaba, and berry, and up top we should be okay. to me this sounds like we need to add at least 2 mids, and 1 CB. just my thinking.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    They'll have at least two international spots open to fill those needs. There are always going to be additions/subtractions that need to be addressed during the offseason. Depth is one thing but my point was theyll have reliable starters at those positions. Center attacking mids are very difficult to find in MLS.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    i agree we'll be okay with the starters but depth is key especially with injuries and possibly a long open cup run.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    We need 2 to 3 Uruguayans/south Americans who are marginal in their domestic leagues so we can be surprised when they are less than marginal here...

  • Are the Fire getting any money in return for Pappa?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    No. Its a free transfer. If they received money they would lose his rights.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    You can never say never. Rolfe came back. We championed for it on this site and a few others, and he's back. So... I eat crow here. Thank you Chicago Fire. (See how a couple wins and Leon opening up changes everything?)

  • Word around the water cooler is that Logan Pause's injury from last night's game is likely to keep him sidelined for at least a few games.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Could be a blessing in disguise. Get Patrick (or Alex) in there from the beginning.

  • In reply to Doug:

    Perhaps, but it still seems that Klopas isn't going to go w/o two DM's in the center, in addition to the fact that neither Pardo nor Pause are able to hold down the DM position alone. I would think Paladini would get the start, or Videira, if Klopas is looking to give him another shot on the pitch.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    It would be good to see one of those two out there. Pardo is 36 and slowing down, and at 30, Pause is going to be more injury prone than he has been (one of his big plusses is his durability). If Frank is going to insist on 2 DMs, then he's going to have to give these guys some time at some point. We're clicking now as a team, and New England is as good a team to give them a runout with as any (save maybe Toronto or Philly who we've just played, or Dallas or Chivas who we're not playing as Western teams for the rest of the regular season - OK, we're not playing them again this season regardless!).

  • Thanks for the heads up Jeff! :-)

    We can only hope for a more offensive game and it was nice seeing so many great chances to score against the Union but sadly I doubt we will see Nyarko start in favor of another DM like Jeff said.

    Hopefully we can stay healthy and gell and make a deep playoff push! :-)

  • Reserve game tomorrow at 10 am against Colorado at the Toyota Park practice field. Will we see Steven Kinney get some time?

  • Logan Pause out 4-6 weeks with 2 broken ribs and a collapsed lung.....

    http://m.chicago-fire.com/news/2012/08/midfielder-logan-pause-miss-four-six-weeks-following-injury-sunday-philadelphia

    Does Klopas go to one holding mid?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    That's pretty cool that Rolfe rode back in the rental van with Pause since he couldn't fly back. I think that his performance both on the field and as a teammate on his return from the grand stage in Europe, coupled with that of Sega bodes well for the Fire's decision to hold on to Potato's rights after he goes to Holland. I wish him all the luck in the world, but would happily welcome him back down the road.

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    In reply to c0quito18:

    Agreed.

    "It could be, it might be, It is!

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