The Colorado Rapids today selected defender Tyrone Marshall in Stage-2 of the MLS Re-Entry draft. Marshall’s contract option for 2011 was not picked up by his former club, the Seattle Sounders, and he was therefore made available for all teams to select.
Colorado now have seven days to offer Marshall a 'genuine' contract offer. If the Rapids tender what MLS determines to be a ‘genuine offer’ and the two sides don't reach an agreement, Colorado would retain the right of first-refusal for the center back. If MLS determines the offer to not be ‘genuine,’ Marshall would then be made available to all teams in a Waiver Draft, without the Rapids retaining his rights.
Marshall was originally drafted by the Rapids out of Florida International in the 1st Round of the 1998 MLS SuperDraft (11th overall). He made his MLS and professional debut on July 11, 1998 when he replaced Ross Paule in the 73rd minute of the Rapids 2-1 win over the New England Revolution at Mile High Stadium.
That would be his only match for the Rapids, as he was traded on August 14 to expansion side Miami along with Jason Boyce for defender David Vaudreul.
After four seasons in Miami, he was selected by the LA Galaxy in the 2002 Allocation Draft. When the Miami and Tampa were contracted in January 2002, other MLS teams that had Allocations were able to ‘draft’ players from the two contracted teams.
The Rapids had the first and fourth picks in the Allocation Draft, and used the first to select Miami’s Pablo Mastroeni. Colorado traded their 4th pick to NY in exchange for midfielder Mark Chung. LA selected Marshall with the 9th pick.
The Kingston, Jamaica native had six productive years manning the center of the Galaxy’s defense before being traded to Toronto on June 13, 2007 in exchange for forward Edson Buddle. In February 2009, Toronto traded the defender to Seattle for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
The13-year MLS veteran has played in 294 games, 260 as a starter, and scored 16 goals and added 20 assists during his tenure with Colorado, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto and Seattle.
Marshall, who does not count as an international, is a two-time MLS All-Star (2003, 2005), two-time MLS Cup champion (2002, 2005) and a three-time U.S. Open Cup champion (2005, 2009, 2010). A fixture on the Jamaican National Team, he has 70 caps for the Reggae Boyz and has scored five international goals.
Marshall is the third former Seattle player the Rapids have acquired rights to during the offseason. On November 22, the Rapids traded defenders Julien Baudet and Danny Earls to the Sounders for midfielder Peter Vagenas. Two days later, expansion side Vancouver selected Seattle’s Sanny Nyassi in the Expansion Draft, and then traded him to the Rapids in exchange for allocation money.
Vagenas' contract was not picked up for the Rapids, along with Claudio Lopez and Ciaran O'Brien. None of the three were selected in the Re-Entry Process, so they are free to negotiate with any team.