Seattle Sounders FC

Sounder Chad Marshall is MLS Defender of Year

Seattle Sounders FC defeats LA Galaxy 2-0SEATTLE, WA – Major League Soccer announced today that Seattle Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall has been named 2014 MLS Defender of the Year. This is Marshall‘s third Defender of the Year Award – the most in MLS history – after claiming the honor in 2008 and 2009 with the Columbus Crew.

“I’m very honored to be named Defender of the Year and it’s a testament to the great season we’ve had,” said Marshall. “I feel privileged to be a Sounder and I can’t thank my teammates, coaches, organization and fans enough. Defense is a team effort, so on behalf of the rest of the defenders I’m happy to accept this award.”

In his first year with Sounders FC, Marshall proved to be an invaluable part of Seattle’s backline, anchoring the defense as the club went on to capture its first-ever Supporters’ Shield and its fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title. Marshall led the league with 136 interceptions and recorded an impressive 126 headers won, 206 clearances and an 83% passing accuracy. The 11-year MLS veteran also recorded one goal – an 84th-minute winner against Philadelphia on May 3 – and matched a career high with three assists.

Seattle Sounders FC defeats LA Galaxy 2-0

“I’m very happy for Chad. He has played well this season and been a great impact on our team,” said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid. “To be the first three-time winner shows his consistent high-quality play in our league throughout his career.”

The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell and LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez. Below is a breakdown of the voting for the top four candidates.

Player Club Weighted Total % of Votes
Chad Marshall Seattle Sounders FC 27.53%
Bobby Boswell D.C. United 25.48%
Omar Gonzalez LA Galaxy 14.46%
Michael Parkhurst Columbus Crew 6.02%


Sounders FC is up for three more 2014 MLS Postseason Awards still to be named, as the club has finalists for Volkswagen MLS MVP (Obafemi Martins), MLS Coach of the Year (Sigi Schmid) and MLS Comeback Player of the Year (Stefan Frei).

The club has previously seen four players earn MLS postseason awards. Fredy Montero was named Newcomer of the Year in 2009, Mauro Rosales Newcomer of the Year in 2011, Kasey Keller Goalkeeper of the Year in 2011 and Eddie Johnson Comeback Player of the Year in 2012.

MLS Defender of the Year Winners

2014: Chad Marshall – Seattle Sounders FC

2013: Jose Goncalves – New England Revolution

2012: Matt Besler – Sporting Kansas City

2011: Omar Gonzalez – LA Galaxy

2010: Jamison Olave – Real Salt Lake

2009: Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew

2008: Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew

2007: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution

2006: Bobby Boswell – D.C. United

2005: Jimmy Conrad – Kansas City Wizards

2004: Robin Fraser – Columbus Crew

2003: Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire

2002: Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire

2001: Jeff Agoos – San Jose Earthquakes

2000: Peter Vermes – Kansas City Wizards

1999: Robin Fraser – Los Angeles Galaxy

1998: Lubos Kubik – Chicago Fire

1997: Eddie Pope – D.C. United

1996: John Doyle – San Jose Earthquakes


Sounders FC MLS Postseason Awards Winners

2014: Chad Marshall – Defender of the Year

2012: Eddie Johnson – Comeback Player of the Year

2011: Kasey Keller – Goalkeeper of the Year

2011: Mauro Rosales – Newcomer of the Year

2009: Fredy Montero – Newcomer of the Year



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