SEATTLE, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Marco Pappa was arrested on the morning of Sunday, July 19 for driving under the influence and speeding. Pappa will undergo an assessment by Major League Soccer’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (“SABH”) Program doctors pursuant to the SABH Policy. The Sounders FC midfielder is not 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.
“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,” said Sounders FC General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “We will continue to work in cooperation with all involved parties and will have no further comment until more information is available.”