I spoke with Colorado defender Tyrone Marshall today after Rapids training. The former Sounder is 37 years old, and a friend of recently retired Sounder Roger Levesque, so I asked him if he can imagine voluntarily calling an end to his playing career.
"It’s one of those things, you go back and forth," he said. "… But I love playing. I like to compete. I think I’ve still got time. Sometimes you feel like you don’t, but then you come out and train and you do well, and you’re like, ‘OK, maybe I can.’ It’s one of those things where you keep motivating yourself, keep working hard, keep fighting. And the day you come in an don’t have that drive, then that’s when you need to walk away. I still feel that fire burning inside. I’m still passionate about it. I’m a winner. I can’t wait to get on the pitch and get this thing turned around."
"This thing" that he wants to turn around is a five-game losing streak, which he says is the longest he can recall in his career.
"It’s a tough one," he said. "You see real character come out now. You see who is going to stick it out and try to find a way to win. And that’s what we need. We just need to find a way, whatever it takes: scrapping, pushing, grabbing, whatever it is. But we have to do it for 90 minutes and try to come out on the winning side of it."
More from Marshall:
On the Rapids' 2-1 win Tuesday in a friendly against Swansea City: It definitely helps. … It’s good to feel that win, to feel what it’s like again, to know that we can score goals and play well against a quality team. It’s good momentum going into this (game).
On if the defense takes its role in the streak personally: You have to take it personally when goals are scored: as a defender, even as a team as a whole. As a defender you want to take pride in not giving up goals. We need to hold strong and make sure we don’t give anything up. If they don’t score, we can’t lose.