Chad Marshall

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Chad Marshall
Chad Marshall Crew.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-08-22) August 22, 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Riverside, California, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC
Number 14
Youth career
1999–2002 Irvine Strikers
2002–2003 Stanford Cardinal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2013 Columbus Crew 253 (16)
2014– Seattle Sounders FC 55 (1)
National team
2000–2001 United States U17 12 (4)
2002–2003 United States U20 30 (0)
2004 United States U23 4 (0)
2005–2010 United States 11 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 1, 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 27, 2014

Chad Marshall (born August 22, 1984) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer.


Youth and college[edit]

Marshall attended Rubidoux High School in Riverside, California, where he was an NCSAA All-American, Parade All-America selection, and Parade's Best Defender in his senior year,[1] and a Parade All-American his junior year. Coming out of high school he was rated as the top college soccer recruit in the country by Soccer America. In addition to his soccer exploits, Chad was also an avid equestrian. He played club soccer for the prestigious club soccer team Irvine Strikers coached by the legendary club coach Don Ebert. He attended the IMG Soccer Academy in fall 2000 through spring 2001.[2] Chad attended Stanford University for two years a brief stint at Harding University. After two seasons with the Cardinal, he decided to turn pro.


Marshall was drafted second overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by Columbus Crew. He had an exemplary first year, anchoring the Crew defense along with Robin Fraser, who won the MLS Defender of the Year award that season,[3] and helped the team to an eighteen-game unbeaten streak and the MLS Supporters' Shield. He finished the season with twenty-seven starts, and was a close second to Clint Dempsey in the voting for the MLS Rookie of the Year Award.[4] He only played in twelve matches in 2007 due to ongoing concussion issues that threatened to end his career.[5]

Marshall's strongest campaign with the Crew came in 2008. He led the defense on the squad that won both the Supporters' Shield and the MLS Cup 2008, a game in which Marshall scored the game-winning goal.[6] After the season he was voted to the MLS Best XI[7] and was also awarded the MLS Defender of the Year award, beating competition from Bakary Soumare and Jimmy Conrad.[3]

Marshall's contract ran out after the 2008 campaign. After a brief trial for part of December with German 2. Fußball-Bundesliga side Mainz 05[8][9][10] he re-signed with Columbus on December 26, 2008.[11]

On March 17, 2011, Marshall was named captain of Columbus Crew for the 2011 season to fill the void left by departing captain Frankie Hejduk. In December 2011, Columbus signed Marshall to a long-term contract extension through the 2015 MLS season.[12]

On December 12, 2013, Marshall was traded to Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for allocation money and a third-round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick. [13] He scored his first goal as a Sounder, a game-winning header in the 84th minute, against the Philadelphia Union on May 3.[14] He was named MLS Defender of the Year for the third time as the Sounders won the Supporters Shield.


As a teenager, Marshall trained at the United States Soccer Federation's exclusive Bradenton Academy and has played for several United States youth national teams. He played for the United States at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, now commonly known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup, in the United Arab Emirates. He later moved up and earned time with the Under-23 team.

Marshall earned his first cap and scored his first goal for the senior national team on March 9, 2005, against Colombia. Marshall was selected for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup for the United States and received his first cap since 2005 in the side's opening match against Grenada. Marshall went on to play in five games throughout the tournament and garnered Gold Cup All-Tournament honors.

On May 11, 2010, Bob Bradley, the U.S. Men’s National Team head coach selected Marshall for the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[15] On May 26, 2010, Bradley decided to keep Marshall off the 23 man roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[16]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. March 9, 2005 Titan Stadium, Fullerton, USA  Colombia 1 – 0 3 – 0 Friendly


Columbus Crew[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Columbus Crew: Roster: Player Bio". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program". United States Soccer Federation. Retrieved December 9, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Ramsay, Allan (November 6, 2008). "Columbus' Marshall wins MLS Defender of the Year". Sports Illustrated ( Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Fraser, Cannon earn MLS honors". USA Today (Carson, California: AP). November 12, 2004. Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Crew's Marshall out for season". Seattle Post-Intelligencer (TSN). August 31, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Marshall, Schelotto lift Crew to MLS Cup glory". ESPN (Carson, California). November 23, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  7. ^ "MLS Best XI features seven first-time selections". Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Los Angeles: TSN). November 22, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ Ramsay, Allan (December 8, 2008). "Chad Marshall Training With Mainz In Germany". Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  9. ^ Smith, David (December 9, 2008). "Marshall in Mainz Crosshairs". Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Beim Testspiel ein Gastspieler aus den USA" (in German). 1. FSV Mainz 05. December 2, 2008. 
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  15. ^ US roster announced
  16. ^ Goff, Steven (May 27, 2010). "U.S. soccer roster for World Cup features unlikely trio". The Washington Post. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frankie Hejduk
Columbus Crew captain
Succeeded by
Federico Higuaín