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Marco Pappa: loves Chicago, but wants some Europe

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BRIDGEVIEW, IL - APRIL 28: Marco Pappa #16 of the Chicago Fire celebrates during a game against the Seattle Sounders FC in the second half during their MLS match at Toyota Park on April 28, 2012 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

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You always had the feeling that Chicago Fire attacker Marco Pappa was more like the college girlfriend than the “always and forever.”

That is, you enjoyed your time together, but it always seemed to have a termination date, and you knew one day they would graduate, then move on to bigger and better things.

As for Pappa, if you didn’t know, now you know. Because here’s what the Guatemalan international told on Thursday:

I really want to step forward in my career and try to go to Europe. I don’t say that I don’t like it here, I love it. I love Chicago. The city has given me a lot as a soccer player and personally. This is the city that I love, but I need to think of my future. A soccer career is so short, so you need to do your best always.”

Here’s the thing:

If Pappa, 24, really wants the Euro treatment, he’s got the skill to make it happen, no doubt. But Europe’s a big place. If he wants to land at a big club, or wants to swim with the bigger fish of a higher quality league, he’ll have to pick things up a little.

He’s not having a bad season at Toyota Park, not at all. And that swell free kick goal against the United States last week, the strike that helped his team split the points in a World Cup qualifier, was one for the CV as well.) But three goals and three assists through almost half the season? Again, not bad.

When Pappa is good, he is zooming. He has game-changing stuff, for sure. His issue has always been consistency; Pappa still suffers long spells of “average.”

The young lefty already has don’t enough to place himself on the European watch lists. Whether it’s a smaller club in a smaller league, smaller club in a more fashionable league or top-shelf club in a top-shelf league, there’s still some sorting out to do.