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Sounders' Chad Marshall announces retirement due to injuries

Sounders defender Chad Marshall announced he will retire after five seasons with the team.
Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall, left, works for the ball with Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) during the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 26, 2018, in Seattle. Real Salt Lake won 1-0.

Three-time MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall has announced his retirement due to injury, bringing an end to a 16-year career that included stints with the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders.

Marshall announced his decision Wednesday after missing Seattle's last two games with knee inflammation. The 34-year-old is the only three-time defender of the year in league history, winning the award in 2008, 2009 and 2014. He was named to the MLS Best XI and was an All-Star selection four times. He also won a pair of MLS Cup titles, one in Columbus and one in Seattle.

Marshall spent his first 10 seasons with Columbus before joining Seattle via trade in 2014. He's second all-time in MLS history among field players in regular-season appearances (409), starts (404) and minutes played (35,843).