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Marshall's Status

MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall, out of contract with Columbus and available on a free transfer, has finished his trial with German second-division club Mainz, which will apparently wait until after the first of the year before deciding whether to sign him. (The German leagues are on winter break.) Meantime, I'm told, Mainz has indeed made an offer, but MLS and Columbus have also come forward with an undisclosed deal to keep him in the league. This past season, Marshall had a base salary of $125,000 and guaranteed money of $148,000.

At this point in his career, he clearly wants to test the European waters, but if Columbus is able to match Mainz's offer and add long-term guarantees, what should he do?

By Steve Goff  |  December 22, 2008; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Germany , MLS  
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Comments

An MLS counter offer? What a pleasant surprise! :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | December 22, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

He should go. He can always come back to MLS. He can't always go to Europe.

Posted by: strago | December 22, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

He should ask what the Galaxy will pay.

Posted by: lmorin | December 22, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The beer is better in Colu

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Sorry, major muscle malfunction there.

There beer is better is Germany. So Head East, young Chad. There's Never Been Any (better) Reason.

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 22, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Chad should head to Deutschland. MLS may be able to offer him decent pay and some job security, but for a professional athelete, there's alway's the competitive desire to prove to yourself that you can play at a higher level.

And, as Strago says, he can always come back to MLS.

Posted by: TCompton | December 22, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I doubt I'm the only person who confuses Cologne with eau de toilette. Marshall should definitely choose Columbus.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 22, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I have actually had better German food in Columbus than in Germany.

He should go down to Mexico. Better weather, same money, and with extraneous SUM tournaments like Superliga and Interliga, half of the Mexican teams play in the U.S. any way to bigger crowds than MLS.

Posted by: IamAM | December 22, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

How is it that one of the best defenders in the league is only training with a 2nd Bundesliga team? What the hell is his agent doing? Ryan Nelson went straight to Blackburn and has been a rock up to this season. Marshall may not be as good as Nellie, but he should be doing better than 2nd bundesliga trials!

Posted by: futboler | December 22, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If i was Marshall, i would stay in the MLS if they match the offer and add some perks, because i rather play in the MLS and keep getting attention than go to a sec. division club.

Goff:

I got a question when you said this:

Folks:

We don't know why the Appiah talks did not materialize. All we know is that they were presented an opportunity to talk to Appiah and apparently did not pursue it.

It never reached the point where they had him in their grasp and couldn't close the deal because of Gallardo's contract. Some of you are getting way ahead of things. If they wanted Gallardo gone, it wouldn't be difficult to reach a settlement and cut him loose, which would allow him to return to a club in Argentina.

As I noted earlier, DCU would not add a high-profile central midfielder who makes just as much money as Gallardo and retain the Argentine as well. They play the same position, they would have the same salary. One or the other, not both.

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 21, 2008 10:43 PM
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Do you think they didnt go all the way, like advancement with talks with Appiah and his agent becasue Gallardo wasnt able to get River to pay a transfer?

Did you hear about how they wanted him back, and he was to talk to the front office to see if he could be let go from his contract somehow? Or how Gorosito the following week(last week) finally put the rumor to rest that he was coming back, stating that he was not in their plans anymore as they needed to spend money that they would on him on more important positions on the field?

Do you think once that fell through, so did the idea of possibly getting Appiah as he would hold a DP slot? So they never went further with it?

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | December 22, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Boliviandcfan:

I've told you everything I know. When I learn more, I will share it.

SG

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 22, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

strago is right. He should take his chances abroad. Regret is the worst of all emotions.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

He should:

LEAVE!

He can allways come back!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 22, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Of course he should go abroad. Nothing bad can happen when you go to Europe - just ask Freddy or Danny Szetela or Maurice Edu. It's perfect once you get over there. The goal should only be to get to Europe - whether you actually get to play soccer and improve yourself is secondary. You will be able to tell people you play soccer in Europe and that's all that matters!

Posted by: beach3 | December 22, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I felt that the formation that Sig Schmid used on the pitch by playing Guillermo Schelotto out of the box 10 or so yards on the right or left of the box was outstanding use of his passing talents without wearing him out during the course of the game. I noticed that Claudio Lopez of the KC Wizards and Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire were playing the withdrawn striker position in the same manner. I was wondering whether Jamie could play the withdrawn striker position in this same manner for DC United? That is, is the accuracy his passes from the longer distance good enough? We know that he has very good passing skills on short passes.

Posted by: lgsrtraub | December 22, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Everton-Chelsea 0-0 in the 70th.

Terry sent off. Yellow cards for Cole, Lampard, and Ballack.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I've been told Marshall is staying. Not sure I trust the source.

Posted by: LAStory | December 22, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Mainz isn't a bad place to be, as they look to move up to Bundesliga first division play. Of course, once they make that jump, they bring in high-priced talent that will leave Marshall regretting the move. Not as likely to happen to a defender, though. If Marshall wants to be taken seriously in the USMNT, he's goign to have to take the shot at playing in Europe...

Posted by: fischy | December 22, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I felt that the formation that Sig Schmid used on the pitch by playing Guillermo Schelotto out of the box 10 or so yards on the right or left of the box was outstanding use of his passing talents without wearing him out during the course of the game. I noticed that Claudio Lopez of the KC Wizards and Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire were playing the withdrawn striker position in the same manner. I was wondering whether Jamie could play the withdrawn striker position in this same manner for DC United? That is, is the accuracy his passes from the longer distance good enough? We know that he has very good passing skills on short passes.

Posted by: lgsrtraub | December 22, 2008 4:12 PM
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That could work, his passing is very good far range wise, but he likes to drop deep sometimes if he feels he needs to go back and get it, and he isnt getting enough possession.

It seems Moreno is more and more becoming that sort of playmaker that etcheverry used to be.

So i dunno if Jaime could play exactly like Schelotto, even though they play very similar.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | December 22, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

If Marshall wants to be taken seriously in the USMNT, he's goign to have to take the shot at playing in Europe...

Posted by: fischy | December 22, 2008 6:01 PM
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Or you could argue, if Marshall wants to be taken seriously by a club in a top European league (which Bundesliga 2 isn't), he's going to have to earn some caps with the USMNT.

You know Marshall's a quality defender.

I know Marshall's a quality defender.

But I'm not so sure many European clubs know Marshall's a quality defender. One year ago, his pro career seemed on the ropes because of repeated concussions. He had a stunning 2008, but I'm not sure he's done enough to get the kind of attention that, frankly, his talent might deserve. Another strong season in MLS coupled with some Nats call-ups could make Marshall's eventual move to Europe a lot more lucrative. Perhaps even better from a playing time perspective; some of Mainz's comments have made it seem as though they see Marshall as a central defensive stop-gap until their regular starters regain match fitness. Moving to Europe under such circumstances could end up back-firing on him.

Posted by: DouginCMH | December 22, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Another strong season in MLS coupled with some Nats call-ups could make Marshall's eventual move to Europe a lot more lucrative.

Posted by: DouginCMH | December 22, 2008 9:38 PM
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Marshall is out of contract now. If he re-signed with MLS, it will be harder to move abroad.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

He should definitely go. Mainz stands a good chance of being promoted and even if they are not, the Bundesliga2 is decent quality. He should seize this opportunity and run with it. Good to see the MLS playing ball and trying to keep him though.

Posted by: bartapest1 | December 22, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Poor Huge Sanchez...new coach at Almeria. Ug.

Posted by: Reignking | December 23, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Hugo, of course...Almeria is a dumpy town, despite being on the Mediterranean...

Posted by: Reignking | December 23, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

@beach3: +1

Mainz is at the top of the 2nd Division table now, but the standings are tight and there's no guarantee they stay there. also, if the playing time isn't going to be significant, then it's likely a waste of time. i know people ridicule LD for giving up on Europe, but are we sure he would be a better player for the USMNT if he had stayed?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | December 23, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Marshall is out of contract now. If he re-signed with MLS, it will be harder to move abroad.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2008 10:04 PM
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Perhaps. But this out of contract MLS Defender of the Year seems to have only gotten a fairly lukewarm offer from a 2nd division Bundesliga club (and one that required a try-out). There's not exactly a European bidding war for his services even now. Personally, I think that's because he's an unknown commodity in Europe. And I think that's because he's had but one great year in a US league that few big clubs pay much attention to. Fair or not, it doesn't seem like Europe knows how great a defender Chad Marshall is. All depends what Marshall wants: does he want to get a decent paycheck and see what it's like to play in Europe for a few seasons; or does he think he's good enough to carve out a solid career playing top-flight football abroad? If it's the former then, great, go to Mainz and see what happens. If it's the latter, then maybe he should set the bar a bit higher, not just in terms of the club he signs with, but also the role he'll play with said club. IMO, Chad Marshall's one helluva defender and may be good enough to play top flight European soccer. Then again, while he dominated in MLS this past season, he's played very little international football, not really proved he has another gear. From what I read, the Crew won't demand a long-term contract from Marshall; they know he's interested in playing abroad. And the club has a solid history of sending players to Europe (Stern John, McBride, Friedel). Just saying, another year+ in MLS may allow Marshall to flesh out his soccer CV enough to get him on the radar of some first division European clubs.

Posted by: DouginCMH | December 23, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see how Hugo Sanchez does with Almeria. He did very well at Pumas and poorly with the Mex NT.

More news from La Liga:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/feedarticle/8167729

Oh, to be a young professional athlete and STILL win the lottery!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 23, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

That La Liga player only makes E200k/year ($280K) - a relative pauper. He needs the money.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 23, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Goff, good stuff.

Mainz had said earlier they were going to wait until January (I guess it's close) to make a decision on an offer, depending on how their CB's were mending).

I wonder what changed?

The Crew got some allocation $$ from Seattle (how much, I wonder?), and can probably make Chad a 250k-350k offer.

Posted by: TrueCrew | December 23, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Crew, they've officially confirmed Robert Warzycha as their next coach.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/23/crew23.ART_ART_12-23-08_C1_ISCAME8.html?sid=101

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 23, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the USMNT needs to get rid of this useless policy of mainly using players from abroad for the team, and start looking to players who want to play for the domestic league. It's the only way that we can make the domestic league any stronger, is to get rid of the mindset of going to Europe at any cost. Danny Szetela is wasting away in Europe. Of course, he was riding he pine here too because frankly, he doesn't have the right frame of mind to play well on a team. He's just not there. And he is going the way of Kyle Martino... lots of promise and then washed out.

But Chad is special, and it's players like him that the domestic league needs to put a priority on keeping around, while Bradley needs to open his eyes to putting in the lineup. Of course, maybe Bradley needs to be axed, and Sigi installed as head coach in 2011, and then we will start seeing more MLS players on the squad. But by then, Robbie Rogers might have left for greener pastures (if the nightmares of his earlier overseas disaster don't keep him over here) and Sascha will be gone too probably. It's those kids that MLS needs to hold on to and nurture and not sell off. Only by doing that will the league grow better and be more respected.

Posted by: eboe | December 24, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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