WASHINGTON - APRIL 17: Marco Pappa #16 of Chicago Fire celebrates the game's first and game winning goal against D.C. United at RFK Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Fire defeated DC United 2-0. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Marco Pappa Leaving Chicago Fire For Heerenveen Immediately

Marco Pappa's move to Heerenveen in Holland was announced several weeks ago, but he'll move immediately after the Chicago Fire agreed to a transfer fee.

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Chicago Fire Agree To Immediately Transfer Marco Pappa To Heerenveen

The transfer of Marco Pappa to Eredivise side SC Heerenveen has been official for about two weeks, but on Thursday it was announced that the midfielder will leave immediately, rather than wait until the end of the season after the Chicago Fire agreed to accept a fee. The amount was not announced.

"This was a very difficult decision to make, however, we feel it is the best move for the club and the player at this time," Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon said in a team release. "This transfer provides the club with flexibility under the salary cap and made sense as we look toward the future. Marco came into his own as a member of the Fire, he has been a big part of the club and we wish him the best in this next phase of his career."

The Fire are in the middle of a playoff push that they hope will end their two-year drought. The 24-year-old Guatemalan had been enjoying a solid season, scoring six goals to go along with five assists. He had also started three of the Fire's past four games and 20 of 25 games this season.

Pappa will join a Heerenveen team that finished fifth in the Eredivisie last season and qualified for this season's Europa League.

For more on the move, be sure to check out Hot Time In Old Town.

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Marco Pappa Leaving Chicago Fire For Heerenveen In January

Marco Pappa is heading to SC Heerenveen in Holland, but will stay with the Chicago Fire until the end of the MLS season.

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