The Columbus Crew lost Coach Sigi Schmid
to the Seattle Sounders FC, but it has retained the stars of its
2008 championship team. First, MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto
re-upped, and now Defender of the Year Chad Marshall
re-signed for the 2009 season.
Shortly after returning from a tryout with German Second Division club, Marshall signed a multi-year contract with Columbus.
"We have made a significant commitment to ensure that Chad remains a member of the Crew and we are very pleased to have gotten that priority accomplished," said Crew technical
director Brian Bliss
. "It goes without saying that he played a vital role in our championship season and re-signing him allows us to retain our core group of
The Crew, who will be coached by former assistant Robert Warzycha
, should return 11 of 11 starters from its 2008 team. Brad Evans
went to Seattle in the MLS expansion draft. Columbus will welcome back in Evans' place young Scotsman Angus
, who was injured early in the 2008 season.
Marshall anchored the Crew's defense that allowed the third fewest goals in MLS (36) and scored six goals -- four in the regular
in addition to two goals in the playoffs, including the game-winning goal in the Crew's 3-1 victory over New York at MLS Cup 2008.