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Ex-Sounder Tyrone Marshall now RSL assistant

Tryone Marshall was a key and popular member of the Seattle Sounders’ defense from 2009-10. And when his playing days ended, he may have had a chance to return as an assistant coach. However, he chose Real Salt Lake instead, and therefore will be on the home bench Saturday when the Sounders meet RSL at Tio Tinto Stadium.

Here’s some of what he had to say today after RSL training.

On how he took the RSL job) After I got done playing for a while, I went back to school to finish up my degree, because I wanted to get into coaching. I wasn’t too sure if it would be in the professional ranks or the college ranks, but it was important to get my degree because obviously getting into college you have to have your degree to coach. So just having that goal sorted now, now the next thing is just waiting on the phone call. I got calls from Seattle and Salt Lake. The opportunity here in Salt Lake was the better opportunity for me in terms of my overall growth and development. And with that being said, I ended up choosing Salt Lake: and also knowing (RSL coach Jeff Cassar) – I played with Jeff, we went to the same university, we’re closer in terms of age and idea and all that stuff, and so the opportunity to grow was much better here, for me.

On RSL’s seven-season playoff streak being in danger) It is difficult. In a salary-cap league, it’s very competitive. It’s important that we maintain that edge. We’re trying to do that – we signed a new player (Juan) Martinez, who is going to help us down the stretch these last games remaining to get us over the hump. But overall, it’s been a difficult season for us with our injury situation and just having to field players with all these different competitions. So with that being said, we’re obviously going to need the help of Martinez, and cross our fingers, we can get into the playoffs again. But overall, it’s become a real competitive market now and obviously we have to step up our game.

On the importance of beating the Sounders) That’s what we want: You come to our place, we take three. But the football game is a funny game. You’ve got to put the ball in the back of the next to ensure that, and hopefully we can do that tomorrow.