Marco Pappa: 'I will not renew my contract with MLS'

Eric Gomez
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HARRISON, N.J. -- After rumored deals with Twente and Newcastle fell through, Chicago's Marco Pappa is still hungry for European success.

"I'm waiting. The objective is not to renew my contract with the league. I may tell you tomorrow 'I'm staying' and hang on for another year, but I'm looking for new horizons right now," Pappa told after the Fire dropped a 1-0 decision against the New York Red Bulls.

While a summer sale is still the most likely scenario for a Pappa exit, the Guatemalan acknowledged that if the offers aren't there, he doesn't mind hanging around MLS for longer.

"I don't know, right now the window is open but it can close and I'd have to wait a year, it's all a matter of time. If [I don't get to leave now] I'll finish the season," said the Chicago Fire midfielder.

The Guatemalan playmaker was not upset over being snubbed for the MLS All-Star Team, as the fan vote as well as Manager Ben Olsen's picks and Commissioner Don Garber's selections passed him over.

"The best are going to be there. I have to keep working and go after big objectives. You work and don't think about stuff like [the All-Star Game], you think about big games. Right now, I'm focused on the playoffs, so the All-Star Game was something extra. If you're able to go, great. If not, no big deal."

John Rojas contributed reporting to this article.

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