Seattle acquires Marshall from Columbus in trade

The Associated Press
Seattle acquires Marshall from Columbus in trade
Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall, top, heads the ball over FC Dallas forward Blas Perez during the first half of an MLS soccer game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Sounders' busy offseason continues with the team acquiring defender Chad Marshall from the Columbus Crew in exchange for a 2015 third-round pick and allocation money.

The trade was announced on Thursday morning.

Marshall has spent the past 10 seasons with Columbus and was a two-time MLS defender of the year in 2008 and 2009. He also earned MLS Best XI honors those seasons. He ranks 21s among active players with 253 MLS appearances and has 11 caps for the U.S. national team.

It's the third trade Seattle has made in three days, having acquired goalkeeper Stefan Frei from Toronto and sending midfielder Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA for forward Tristan Bowen earlier this week.