Seattle Sounders Marco Pappa suspended from MLS after DUI arrest

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The Seattle Sounders will be without Marco Pappa after the Guatemalan midfielder was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning for speeding and driving under the influence.

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Pappa, 27, represented Guatemala during the 2015 Gold Cup as Los Chapines crashed out at the group stage after not winning a game.

Major League Soccer released the statement below following Papa’s arrest.

He will now be assessed by MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program and will be suspended from playing until that process is over.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa was arrested early Sunday morning for driving under the influence and speeding. Pappa will undergo an assessment by MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (“SABH”) Program doctors pursuant to the SABH Policy. He will not be eligible to participate in any competition until that assessment is complete, he is cleared for participation by the SABH Program doctors, and Major League Soccer completes its investigation.

Seattle’s GM, Garth Lagerwey, had the following to say on the club’s website on Pappa.

“We are gathering information on this matter and have been in contact with the league office, the MLS Players Union, local law enforcement and Marco directly. We will continue to work in cooperation with all involved parties and will have no further comment until more information is available.”

Pappa has been an integral part of Seattle’s success this season, starting 15 of the 16 games he’s played in, scoring twice and adding five assists from midfield.

Philadelphia Union forward CJ Sapong missed three games for a similar offense earlier this season.