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Pappa available for Rapids; Craven out 3-4 weeks

Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa while away with Guatemala national team.
Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa while away with Guatemala national team. The Associated Press

Marco Pappa was back at training with the Sounders today as they went through their final session before meeting the Colorado Rapids at 7 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

“He got in late last night with the flight, so today we just wanted him just basically to break a sweat a little bit,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “But he’ll be available for the 18 tomorrow.”

Schmid also revealed that rookie forward Andy Craven suffered an MLS strain in training yesterday when he collided with rookie goalkeeper Charlie Lyon. Craven is expected to be out three to four weeks.

Schmid had no particular update on goalkeeper Stefan Frei (shoulder). My best guess would be that Troy Perkins will start against the Rapids, with either Lyon or Frei in reserve.

Here’s some of what Pappa had to say:

On his late travel home: That tournament is a lot of traveling. Anyway, happy to be back with the team. Now looking forward for tomorrow.

On switching from Guatemala national team to Sounders: Always going to the national team is different for sure. You play against a different kind of style. Always good to be back with the team and see everybody doing good.

On Guatemala failing to get out of group play: Disappointing for sure. We didn’t expect we going to be in this situation, but it is what it is. Sometimes happens. And of course we have to work hard and be better. Now you have to change the page and look forward with the team. You always have a new opportunity in soccer for sure.

On his availability for tomorrow: I talked to the coaches. I’m feeling fine. It was a lot of travel, a lot of games, a lot of minutes. I feel good. I’ll be ready for whatever happens. I’ll probably be on the bench tomorrow.

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