The Seattle Sounders may have acquired the standout defender that they've been looking for, acquiring center back Chad Marshall in a trade with the Columbus Crew on Thursday. The Sounders will send an undisclosed amount of allocation money and a third round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft to the Crew.
"Chad is a quality defender who brings experience to the Sounders," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said about his former player in a team release. "He is dominant in the air, has won an MLS Cup and been a league defender of the year. I look forward to working with Chad again and await his positive contribution to our team."
The 29-year-old carries a hefty price tag, making about $360,000 in guaranteed compensation last year, but also comes with a very impressive resume. His best years were probably in 2008-09, when he won a MLS Cup, two Supporters' Shields, was twice named MLS Defender of the Year and made back-to-back Best XI teams.
Although he's battled various injuries over the past five seasons, he's still managed to play at least 24 matches in each of those years. He's coming off a year in which he made 30 starts and played 2,638 minutes. He's also been in and out of the United States national team since making his debut in 2005.
Among his attributes are being a physical presence on defense and a dangerous target on set pieces, scoring 16 career goals in his 10 seasons.