MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall has signed a new multi-year contract with the MLS champion Columbus Crew, the club announced today, after he had reportedly tested the market overseas.
“We have made a significant commitment to ensure that Chad remains a member of the Crew and we are very pleased to have gotten that priority accomplished,” said Crew technical director Brian Bliss. “It goes without saying that he played a vital role in our championship season and re-signing him allows us to retain our core group of key contributors.”
Marshall, 23, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 Superdraft, rebounded from an injury-shortened 2007 season to start 29 games and rank second on the team in minutes played. Anchored by Marshall, the Crew’s defense allowed the third fewest goals in the league en route to the best regular season record in MLS.
He capped the year by scoring the winning goal at MLS Cup in Carson.