The Colorado Rapids signed Marco Pappa because of his skills on the pitch.
But they got a little something extra — bizarre publicity involving Pappa's stabbing two days after the Rapids pact was inked.
Among the possible suspects is Stormy Keffeler, a former Miss Washington who was reportedly found in Pappa's company after the incident with blood on her hands.
Thus far, no criminal charges have been filed against Keffeler or anyone else.
However, Keffeler gave up her crown a few weeks after the knifing for a completely different reason — her failure to disclose a DUI bust prior to the pageant.
Keffeler is a beauty contest veteran. Here's a video of her talking about her reign as International Junior Miss Washington, which began in 2013.
She went on to become Miss Washington 2016.
The following clip compilation features her singing "A Whole New World" from Aladdin; that footage starts at about the fifteen second mark.
In the meantime, she and Pappa became an item while he was a member of the Seattle Sounders.
We've included his complete Colorado Rapids bio below.
It documents his career back through the 2007-2008 season.
This video highlights his efforts with the Seattle franchise.
No more green uniforms for him, however.
In December, Pappa's services were acquired by the Rapids.
The team celebrated the signing with an introductory interview.
Check it out below.
But two days after the signing, Pappa was stabbed in Seattle — and according to police reports obtained by the Denver Post, Keffeler was present when the police arrived.
Keffeler and Pappa, both of whom are described as drunk in the documents, didn't share consistent accounts of how he wound up with stab wounds in his left side.
She initially maintained that Pappa had already been stabbed by the time he showed up at her apartment. Then she claimed that the two of them were walking home when someone bumped into him — and afterward, he noticed that he was hurt.
Before she could offer another version, Keffeler then stopped cooperating with investigators, the report maintains.
For his part, Pappa said he'd noticed he was in pain during dinner and only later discovered that he'd been stabbed after leaving a restaurant and giving money to a homeless person.
None of these versions explained why blood was found on a kitchen knife. And neither did they address blood spattered on bathroom walls or blood trails that ran through the apartment.
The investigation is ongoing, and Keffeler hasn't been busted yet — not for the stabbing, anyhow.
Last year, though, she was arrested for driving under the influence a month before the Miss Washington pageant.
She told ABC's Good Morning America she refrained from mentioning this incident to officials because she hadn't been convicted.
But when news of the matter broke last month, she gave up her crown anyhow.
What happens next to Keffeler and Pappa is anyone's guess. But we suspect the Colorado Rapids hope some of it involves Pappa playing soccer.
Look below to see a CBS4 report about Pappa and the stabbing, followed by the aforementioned Good Morning America piece and Pappa's Colorado Rapids bio.
Marco Pappa bio:
Real Name: Bill Oddie
HT: 5' 10" WT: 155
Age: 28 (11/15/1987)
Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Hometown: Guatemala City
Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Birth date: November 15, 1987
Acquired: Joined from Seattle Sounders FC, in exchange for general allocation, on December 15, 2015
Pappa played in 20 matches for Seattle Sounders FC, starting 17, scoring three goals while registering three assists.
It was his lowest return in terms of games played, games started and minutes played (1468) from six full seasons in MLS.
His first goal of the season was the winning goal in a 1-0 home victory over Colorado Rapids (May 27).
Pappa would double his tally for the season in the very next game, with the opening goal in a 2-1 home win over New York Red Bulls (May 31).
He would record his second game-winning goal of the season in the final match of 2015, netting in a 3-1 home win over Real Salt Lake (October 25).
Two of his six assists in 2015 came in the 3-1 victory at New York City FC (May 3).
On the international front, Pappa was a part of the Guatemala squad which featured at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He played in two of the three group games, starting both. Guatemala finished bottom of Group C and failed to qualify for the knockout rounds.
Pappa made 29 appearances during the regular season, including 24 starts.
He recorded six goals and five assists, which ranked fifth-most and tied-fifth-most, respectively, for the club.
Pappa made his club debut in the season opener versus Sporting Kansas City (March 8).
Against Real Salt Lake (May 31), Pappa scored his first Sounders FC goal and recorded his first assist.
In a substitute role, he tallied two goals in the final five minutes to secure the Supporters’ Shield in a 2-0 win versus LA Galaxy (October 25).
During four postseason appearances, Pappa recorded one assist in the First Leg of the Western Conference Semifinals.
After his 2014 campaign, Pappa earned the Premios Univision Deportes’ MLS Player of the Year Award and FutbolMLS.com’s 2014 Latino del Año award.
He was named to the MLS Team of the Week in Week 18 and Week 33. In Week 33, he was also named the MLS Player of the Week.
Pappa played in 11 matches in his only season with SC Heerenveen of the Dutch Eredivisie. He made one start and recorded two assists.
He appeared in eight matches for the club’s reserve squad in the Beloften Divisie A, scoring one goal and starting seven matches.
Pappa started 20 of 22 matches, logging 1,615 minutes in his final season with Chicago Fire.
He scored six goals with five assists. Pappa scored in back-to-back games twice: versus Seattle (April 28) and at Chivas USA (May 4) as well as Columbus (June 23) and at Kansas City (June 29).
He tied a career-high with three game-winning goals and set career-high with two game-winning assists.
Pappa appeared in 29 matches, starting 27, at the Fire.
He finished second behind Dominic Oduro and set a career-high with eight goals, adding two assists.
Pappa scored his first career hat trick against Real Salt Lake (September 28), becoming the fifth player in Chicago history to record a hat trick.
In addition, he appeared in four U.S. Open Cup matches, logging 366 minutes in the team’s run to the 2011 final.
He started two international friendlies against Manchester United (July 23) and Chivas de Guadalajara (September 14).
Pappa appeared in 25 matches, winning the team’s Golden Boot award with seven goals and finishing second on the team with five assists.
He won the 2010 MLS Goal of the Year award for his one-time half volley in a 2-1 loss versus San Jose on April 10.
Was voted a starter and made his first career MLS All-Star appearance as the team fell, 5-2, to Manchester United in Houston.
Pappa scored a brace in a 2-2 draw versus Colorado (June 9). He recorded three game-winning goals: 2-0 win at DC (April 17), 2-1 win versus Philadelphia (June 5) and 1-0 win at NE (June 27).
He appeared in all three matches in the Superliga, providing the game-winning assist in the 1-0 win versus Pumas UNAM (July 20).
Played the full 120 minutes during the scoreless draw versus Charleston Battery in the U.S. Open Cup.
In addition, Pappa appeared in all three friendlies, starting in 1-0 losses to Paris Saint Germain (May19) and A.C. Milan (May 30).
Pappa started 28 of his 30 appearances in his first full season with the Fire, recording five goals and four assists on the season.
He appeared in five Superliga games as the Fire progressed to the final of the international tournament, plus another 23 minutes in the friendly against Club America (April 29).
Pappa played in six matches, starting in three after joining the Fire on loan from CSD Municipal (July 30). With Chicago, Pappa appeared in seven total matches.
Pappa joined Guatemalan side CSD Municipal in 2004 at the age of 16, and made his professional debut in a domestic league match in August 2006 against Guatemalan club Deportivo Pepata.
His first professional goal came against the Nicaraguan club Real Madriz during the 2006 UNCAF tournament.
Pappa has 51 caps and 11 goals for Guatemala.
He has three goals in 15 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, including one goal against the United States in 2012.
In the 2014 Copa Centroamericana, he earned the Golden Boot and earned the Golden Ball for best player after scoring four goals and leading Guatemala to a second-place finish. He helped Guatemala finish with a perfect 6-0-0 record and move to the 2014 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying semifinals.
Overall, Pappa appeared in nine 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
He also represented Guatemala at the U17, U20, U21 and U23 levels. Pappa was on the roster for the U23 team in the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, just missing a trip Beijing by finishing third in the tournament.
Pappa and his wife, Maricela, have one daughter, Paula. He has two older brothers and one younger sister.
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His father, Vinicio Pappa, coaches karate in Guatemala.
He enjoys going to the movies and spending time with his family