Is Chad Marshall a Candidate for MLS Defender of the Year?

Chad Marshall

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Seattle Sounders center back Chad Marshall came over to the Sounders prior to the beginning of the 2014 MLS Season after a trade with the Columbus Crew for allocation money and a third-round SuperDraft pick. He had previously played for Head Coach Sigi Schmid when both were in Columbus. Marshall was part of the team that won the 2008 MLS Cup, 2008 Supporters Shield and was also voted as to the MLS Best XI at the end of that season.

Marshall also was awared the MLS Defender of the Year award in 2008. He has missed sometime in the past due to concussions but so far this year has not missed a game due to concussions. Marshall has missed three matches this season because of off-field obstacles as food poisoning and a car accident.

Marshall, a month removed from those instances, feels as good as ever leading a defense that has helped Seattle to a three match winning streak heading into the home stretch of the  MLS season.

How well has Seattle played since he returned to the field?

In the six matches since his return to the field, Seattle has gone 4-1-1. Which is just good enough to barely stay above the surging Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conferece and Supporters Shield standings. He has also helped lead Seattle to two shutouts in those six matches.

The All-Star contributed his third assist of the season last week in Seattle’s 4-2 win over Chivas USA. The three assist match Marshall’s career high in a season.

Marshall is a player that prides himself on his resiliency. Over his final four seasons with the Columbus Crew, he started 110 matches. He is only surpassed by Drew Moor, Bobby Boswell and Nat Borchers. Now in Seattle, he has started 23 matches with just five center backs in MLS seeing more playing time.

“I’m in my 11th year and I think you’re going to have some injuries, but I feel like I’ve done a good job of taking care of my body,” Marshall said. “It’s just been those freak things that have kept me off the field.”

So here is my question to you, should Chad Marshall be considered for MLS Defender of the Year?

If I had a vote, my vote would be yes. He has been extremely valuable to the Sounders this year and the defense is not the same when he is not in the lineup.

Chris Blakely is the Lead Writer/Editor for StoppageTimeSoccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google circles.

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