Former Colorado Rapids midfielder Marco Pappa leaves MLS

Joining Jermaine Jones, he is the second veteran midfielder to leave the Rapids after a very successful season.

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Bobby Burling. Colorado Rapids during game against FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, July 23, 2016. Rapids took the lead in the first half, and lost the lead when DC Dallas scored in the second half and the game ended in a tie 1-1. (Jessica Taves/For Denverite)

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Marco Pappa, right, won't be playing in Major League Soccer next year. (Jessica Taves/For Denverite)

Marco Pappa, a veteran midfielder who saw more action in fan blog comments than on the field for the Colorado Rapids toward the end of last season, will play next year in his home country of Guatemala according to Major League Soccer’s website.  He’ll play for CSD Municipal in Guatemala City. 

Pappa played 920 minutes in 22 games for the Rapids last season, recording two goals and four assists, including this humdinger of a volley to win at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy:

His departure was expected after the team declined his option. Joining Jermaine Jones, he is the second veteran midfielder to leave the Rapids after a very successful season that saw the team finish second overall in the league.