SEATTLE, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall today announced his retirement from professional soccer due to injury. The 34-year-old concludes a historic 16-year Major League Soccer career with Sounders FC and Columbus Crew SC, in which he became the only player in league history to win MLS Defender of the Year three times. Marshall finishes his career with seven major trophies and ranks second all-time among field players in all participation categories (appearances, starts and minutes played).Sounders Press Release
“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. To my teammates, support staff and coaches: you’ve been my second family. The locker room is what I’ll miss the most. Thank you to the fans of Seattle and Columbus for supporting me throughout the years, as well as the Sounders FC and Columbus Crew SC organizations for giving me a chance to represent them on the field. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my family. I’m forever indebted to them for the sacrifices they’ve made in allowing me to pursue this dream. From heartbreaking losses to MLS Cup wins, own goals to cartwheels, it’s been a blast.”
The second overall selection in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, Marshall’s accolades across his 16-year career include three MLS Defender of the Year honors (2008, 2009, 2014), four MLS Best XI selections (2008, 2009, 2014, 2018) and four MLS All-Star appearances (2009, 2010, 2014, 2015). On the team side, he is a two-time MLS Cup Champion (2008 with Columbus; 2016 with Seattle) and a four-time Supporters’ Shield winner (2004, 2008 and 2009 with Columbus; 2014 with Seattle), in addition to winning the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with Sounders FC. He ranks fourth overall and second among field players in MLS history with 409 appearances, 404 starts and 35,843 minutes played (regular season only), recording 26 goals and 16 assists. He also has 30 career appearances and three goals in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
Playing his final professional match on May 4 at Minnesota United, Marshall has been listed on the club’s injury report with right knee inflammation in recent weeks due to degeneration of the knee joint.
MEDIA NOTE: Sounders FC leadership is set to address working members of the press during today’s media access window at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. The club’s training session is open to media, beginning at roughly 10:30 a.m. PT. Media availability is expected to begin at approximately 11:15 a.m. PT. Additionally, plans to honor Marshall during Seattle’s next MLS home match at CenturyLink Field versus Vancouver on June 29 are forthcoming.