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Columbus Crew trade Chad Marshall to Seattle Sounders

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Marshall reunites with Sigi Schmid and the Crew get cap space back.

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Gregg Berhalter made his first big move as the Crew's Sporting Director. He traded Crew defender Chad Marshall to Seattle for a 3rd round draft pick in the 2015 SuperDraft and allocation money. Marshall was the longest tenured player, joining the team in 2004 as the 2nd pick in the SuperDraft.

Marshall signed a long term contract in December 2011 that made him one of the highest paid defenders in MLS. He had a guaranteed salary of $361,250, just below Designated Player level.

Marshall played in 253 games and logged over 20,000 minutes for the team. Both are Crew records. He was a two time MLS Defender of the Year, winning the award in 2008 and 2009. He also made two all-star teams, getting a nod in 2009 and 2010. He scored 16 goals and logged 10 assists in his 10 years in Black and Gold.

The move frees up significant salary while leaving the Crew with a hole in central defense. Marshall commanded a significant chunk of the budget, but also averaged 25 starts a year during his time with the team.