Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen have announced on their official website that they have agreed to sign midfielder Marco Pappa from Chicago Fire.
The 24-year-old will finish the league campaign with the MLS side before joining his new club in January 2013.
The Guatemala international had been heavily linked with a switch to English Premier League, but he ultimately opted for a less demanding competition and will see a switch to Heerenveen as a stepping stone in his career.
“I’m very excited about taking the next step in my career and signing with SC Heerenveen,” Pappa said to club’s official website.
“The Fire gave me a great opportunity in 2008 and I am thankful to Fire owner Andrew Hauptman and Frank Klopas for the support and encouragement they have offered the past four years.
“I plan to do the club proud and put everything I have into the remaining matches with the Fire.”
Marco Pappa joined the MLS side from Municipal in July 2008, initially signing a one-and-a-half-year loan with the club.
Following the impressive start to his career in America, Chicago purchased the player’s contract in December 2009, tying the midfielder to a long-term deal.
Pappa didn’t need a lot of time to develop into a key player in the side and has scored a total 26 goals in 114 MLS appearances since arriving from Guatemala.
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