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A Last Dance with Chad Marshall

Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Ashley Savage // @savage_hart

Chad Marshall retires as the most decorated MLS defender of all time.

MLS rookies at draft day. From left to right: Clint Dempsey, Ned Grabavoy and Chad Marshall.

By the numbers, Chad Marshall was an incredibly dominant defender with 409 games played, 26 goals scored, 16 assists, and 35,843 minutes played. The only player in MLS history to win Defender of the Year 3 times (2008, 2009 and 2014), 4 times MLS All-Star, 4 times MLS Best XI, 4 times Supporters Shield Winner and 2 times MLS Cup Champion.

Marshall walks away from MLS with the 2nd most games and minutes played by a field player in history. He is decorated, accomplished and undeniably an amazing player. But there was so much more to what made and continues to make, Chad Marshall a great human being.

In July 2014, my husband and I got married the night before the Portland Timbers were traveling to Seattle for the one and only time that season. As an inaugural Sounders season ticket holder and boisterous Rave Green fan, my husband wanted to tie this in to our big day. We decided that we would wear our wedding attire to the game and bring as many friends and family as possible.

Through our season ticket holder benefits, we were able to watch the last 20 minutes of the game from field level and allowed to linger after the final whistle to high-five players and watch the post-game events. As we were relishing in the Sounders 2-0 victory and taking in all the sights, Chad Marshall spotted me wearing my big, dirty and previously-beautiful dress. He made eye contact and pointed at me. I waved, thinking it was so cool he even had noticed, and he began to walk over to us.

“You’re wearing a wedding dress! Did you guys just get married?” he asked with a huge grin.

“Yesterday.” My husband and I said in unison, like two star-struck fans.

“That’s awesome! Let’s take a picture!” Chad said. So we did!

Photo Credit: Ashley Hart Savage

In that moment, after a massive win against a major rival, Chad Marshall was so down to earth and kind. He made our day (and my husband’s screen saver for several years) and made a lasting impact on us that transcended what we saw of him as a soccer player.

Four years later, my husband and I were attending the Sounders Season Ticket Member Celebration with our 2-year-old son in tow. He was too young to understand how cool it was to attend this event. He loved sitting on the team bench, running around the field at CenturyLink and people watching all the big kids, but he had no idea who any of the players were. He just ran around saying “play soccer!” and that was enough for us.

During the event, we were given the opportunity to meet team players, which was such a special opportunity for my husband and myself. As we were waiting in line, we realized that Chad Marshall was one of the players posing for pictures and signing autographs. When we came face to face with him, I awkwardly asked, “Can you take a picture with our son?” to which he swiftly responded “Absolutely!”

Photo Credit: Ashley Hart Savage

We knew our son, Sawyer, wouldn’t understand how cool this moment was. But we did. It was a full circle moment having stood with Marshall on that same field 4 years earlier in our wedding attire and now with our son, who had attended every Sounders match that fell outside of nap and bedtime since he was 3 months old, taking a picture with Chad Marshall.

My husband and I don’t know Marshall. These two encounters are all we have to base our opinion of who he is off the field and outside of all the record-breaking stats. But those two moments highlighted to us what so many of his peers have said about him publicly in the wake of his retirement: that the man off the field was just as much a GOAT as the player.

Thank you, Chad. For everything.

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Another Seattle Sounders / Portland Timber Derby

Jennifer Denton - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Official Sounders Reporter

By Jennifer Denton // @darkwynds

June 30: 2-3 Loss

This Saturday’s game was pretty much the entire Seattle Sounders’ season so far in 90 minutes.  There were great moments, moments that left me scratching my head, moments of yelling at the ref but in the end, again the Sounders lost the game.

The good parts.  Yay, the Sounders scored a couple of goals, finally in double digits.  The offense played as more of a unit than they have all year.  Of course, with the good comes the bad.  The defense is still having a lot of problems.  We can’t finish most of the shots taken.  Passing is still a massive problem, though better.  But at the end of the game, the Sounders lost again.  So let us go over the game in more detail.

Before the game, the Sounders announced our newest DP signing, Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz.  Raul will not be able to start until July 10th.  Currently still down Gustav Svensson and Roman Torres due to the World Cup.  Also, Stefan Frei due to injury (grumbles about Alan Gordon). The first half was back and forth without a goal scored.  There were moments of hope, but nothing came from them.  Again, passing seems to be an issue still and set pieces.

Now the second half was a lot more exciting.  In the span of 30 minutes, 5 goals were scored.  Starting in the 48’ Portland’s Larrys Mabiala scores for Portland.  Just 3 minutes later, Victor Rodriguez scored for the Sounders.  In the 57’, Portland’s Samuel Armenteros scores to retake the lead.  Less than 10 minutes later, Chad Marshall pulls the Sounders level.  The game-winning goal was scored by Larrys Mabiala.

This game had a lot of ups and downs.  There were moments where you could see the Sounders of the last 2 years.  The window is rapidly closing on the playoffs for the Sounders.  We will be getting back some of our injured players in the next few days/weeks.

Ruidiaz will be a much-needed addition.  There are rumors that more moves are going to be made after the World Cup.  Not sure when Roman Torres will get back since he had been injured during the final group stage game.

Sounders will play Wednesday, July 4th in Colorado.

See you in the terraces.

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Kaitlyn O'Rourke - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Seattle Sounders Key Contributor

By Kaitlyn O’Rourke 

Sunday August 20: 4-3 Win

The Seattle Sounders faced off against Minnesota United just 15 days after their 4-0 rout in Minnesota. This time though; it was a very different story. The Sounders had to fight for this one, they had to come from behind and keep pushing for their well deserved 3 points.

Stefan Frei

Kelvin Leerdam–Roman Torres–Chad Marshall–Joevin Jones

Ozzie AlonsoGustav Svensson 

Nicolas LodeiroClint DempseyCristian Roldan

Jordan Morris 

Seattle’s shutout streak ended at 421 minutes on a Minnesota goal by Ethan Finley in the 21st minute. Chad Marshall responded 10 minutes later on a cross from Nicolas Lodeiro to even the score at 1-1. The Sounders couldn’t grab a game winner before the 80th minute (this is Seattle after all) which carried the game into what I like to call ice-chewing-nervous-pacing-run-to-the-bathroom-500-times zone.

But, like what always seems to happen (this is Seattle after all) the Sounders got their shot at a game winner in the 94th minute. After a handball in the box, Clint Dempsey scored a PK to keep the unbeaten streak alive (9 games!!)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I love the Seattle Sounders but they WILL give me a heart attack one day. Evidence: this season Seattle has scored 5 goals after the 88th minute – 4 of those have been to tie or win a game, they’ve scored 3 (3!?) goals in the 94th minute.

Fun Facts and Notes:

  • The Sounders are in first place with 40 points!!
  • It’s Cascadia Week!! The Sounders play Vancouver Wednesday and Portland Sunday
  • I tried to come up with some eclipse humor for this but I couldn’t
  • I slipped and busted my hip while I was celebrating last night (Sounders fuzzy socks+hardwood floors=not great)

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