Commerce City, Colo. - When Tyrone Marshall scored for Colorado against Sporting KC on May 19, he became the oldest player in MLS to score a goal this season. The previous mark was held by LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Marshall was 37 years and 189 days old when he tallied his first goal in a Colorado uniform last weekend. Beckham was 37 years and 10 days old when he scored against Montreal on May 12. Given their offensive track records - and positions on the field - one would expect that Beckham would reclaim the title over the course of the year.
"It's all about trying to keep that fire going," Marshall said of playing at this level at his age. "It's about maintaining your health, doing the right things to take care of your body, and keeping mentally and phsycially sharp, so when your number is called, you can do your job on the pitch."
Marshall is now the second oldest player to ever score a goal for Colorado. Carlos 'el Pibe' Valderrama holds the record with his goal against LA on June 1, 2002 in a 3-2 Rapids win when he was 41 years and 272 days old. The Jamaican also became the 95th player ever score a regular season goal for the Rapids.
The goal was the 17th in his 15 years of playing in MLS, and his first since 2010 while with Seattle. Marshall leads all active MLS players in career games played with 328, and is 6th on the all-time games played list.
GOAL: MARSHALL HEADS IN RIVERO FREEKICK ON MAY 19, 2012