Despite bouts of inconsistency, Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa was selected to the MLS All-Star First XI on Tuesday. The 22-year old Guatemalan to this point has had a banner year for the Men in Red, scoring six goals and dishing out four assists.
In his third season with the Fire, Pappa has made a habit of scoring from distance for the injury-ridden Chicago side, but many have felt he needs to focus on distribution out of the midfield to truly grow as a player. As a Fire fan myself, there is nothing more frustrating than seeing Pappa single-handedly end a possession by firing the ball ten yards over the crossbar.
Of course, on the other side of the coin, Pappa is also probably one of the few players in the league to score multiple times from 25 or more yards out this season, so at least he can hit the shot. I just get upset when the Fire’s attacking talent goes to waste several times a match because Pappa has to get a shot off instead.
That said, great player, great young talent, and I look forward to him hopefully earning a start against Manchester United later this month.