MLS Soccer

Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa arrested on suspicion of DUI

Marco Pappa
Marco Pappa AP

Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence and speeding.

Pappa, 27, will be ineligible to play until completing an assessment by doctors under Major League Soccer’s substance abuse and behavioral health program, and until MLS completes an investigation into the incident.

“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,” Sounders general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a club release. “We will continue to work in cooperation with all involved parties and will have no further comment until more information is available.”

Pappa joined the Sounders on Jan. 31, 2013, through the allocation process.

Last season, he appeared in 29 games, finishing fifth on the club with six goals and tied for fifth with five assists. He has played in 15 matches this season, with two goals and five assists.

Pappa returned to Seattle on Thursday after CONCACAF Gold Cup duty with the Guatemala national team, and played 26 minutes Saturday in the Sounders’ 1-0 loss to Colorado at CenturyLink Field.

The team plays at Montreal on Saturday.