Sounders' Chad Marshall announces retirement after 16 MLS seasons



Chad Marshall
, the only player in MLS history to win Defender of the Year three times, is retiring due to injury.

The 34-year-old Marshall spent his 16-year Major League Soccer career with the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders, winning seven major trophies -- two MLS Cups, four Supporters' Shields and one U.S. Open Cup -- and ranking second all-time among field players in all participation categories (appearances, starts and minutes played).

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4x MLS Defender of the Year (2008, 2009, 2014)
4x MLS Best XI selection (2008, 2009, 2014, 2018)
4x MLS All-Star (2009, 2010, 2014, 2015)

“After more than 15 years of living my childhood dream, the time has come for me to hang up the boots,” said Marshall. “I’d like to thank everyone that has played a part in my career."

Marshall was taken by the Crew with the No. 2 pick in the 2004 SuperDraft out of Stanford and spent 10 seasons in Columbus.

“When we traded for Chad back in December of 2013,” said Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer, “head coach Sigi Schmid really believed in him, and he challenged us to go and get one of the best defenders in league history. Despite being a known commodity across MLS, Chad still exceeded all of our expectations during his time in Seattle. On top of his exceptional play on the field, Chad brought a level of veteran stability and leadership to the locker room and was an excellent member of the Seattle community."
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1 comment about "Sounders' Chad Marshall announces retirement after 16 MLS seasons".
  1. James Madison, May 23, 2019 at 2:11 p.m.

    Congratulations to Chad on a memorable pro career.  If he hasn't completed his degree since he left Stanford to play pro, I hope he does so now.

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