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Sounders swap pick, allocation money to Crew for defender Chad Marshall

The latest move by the very actice Seattle Sounders this week have them picking up defender Chad Marshall from the Columbus Crew in exchange for allocation money and a 2015 third round SuperDraft pick, the club announced today.

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.

Marshall, 29, spent the past 10 seasons with the Columbus Crew, earning MLS Defender of the Year and Best XI honors in 2008 and 2009. He was capped 11 times by the U.S. National Team.

"Chad is a quality defender who brings experience to the Sounders," said coach Sigi Schmid in a release issued by the team. "He is dominant in the air, has won an MLS Cup and been a league defender of the year. I look forward to working with Chad again and await his positive contribution to our team."

Marshall started all 30 appearances for Columbus in 2013, logging the second-most minutes (2,638) on the team. He made a career high 32 starts in 2011, and has started at least 24 games in eight of his 10 seasons. Marshall scored four goals (including three game-winners) in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and has recorded at least one point every year.

Marshall started 250 of his 253 appearances for the Crew, recording 16 goals and 10 assists in the regular season. He has scored twice in 11 appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs, including the game-winning goal in the 2008 MLS Cup final. He also helped Columbus capture the Supporters' Shield in 2004, 2008 and 2009.

Marshall scored in his debut for the USMNT, a 3-nil win in a friendly against Colombia on March 9, 2005. He has 11 appearances for the senior team, and represented the United States at the U-23, U-20 and U-17 levels.

A standout at Stanford from 2002-03, Marshall started 39 of his 40 appearances, scoring three goals with two assists. He was named to the 2002 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team after helping the Cardinal reach the final, and he earned All-Pac-10 honors both seasons.