2008 MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall is out of contract with Columbus and hunting around Europe for options to make a career move. His first stab, however, seemed a little ambitious, as he went on trial with German second-tier front-runner Mainz 05. According to a soccer365.com report, Marshall will most likely be riding the pine if he accepts any offer from the German club, not exactly a career-making move for the 24 year-old.
Marshall’s status is probably affected by both his history with concussions and the fact that he has not played with the US National Team since 2005. Marshall has had several concussions over the course of career, meaning any more may put him at risk for permanent damage. However, he was clearly the dominant force in the Crew’s double-winning 2008 backline, and is probably deserving of a chance at the USMNT, given the right opportunity.
The league would probably benefit from Marshall resigning with an MLS team. Columbus has previously stated that they wanted to write up a new contract after his old one expired, but could not do so because of a lack of allocation money. After receiving an undisclosed amount from Seattle for releasing Manager Sigi Schmid, Columbus may be able to pony up the cash necessary to keep their defensive star in the capital city. If not, the Crew will be looking at a drastically thinned center with Danny O’Rourke and Andy Iro, and little depth with any significant experience. Their lack of a first-round Superdraft choice hampers their ability to bring in cheap, quality depth (as does their spotty drafting record).