Seattle Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall has been named 2014 Defender of the Year for a record third time, Major League Soccer announced Tuesday.
Marshall also won the award in 2008 and 2009 as a member of the Columbus Crew.
In Marshall's first season with the Sounders he scored one goal and assisted on three others while helping to lead Seattle to the MLS Western Conference Finals against the LA Galaxy. Marshall committed only 20 fouls and earned one yellow card in 2,790 minutes of regular-season play this season.
D.C. United's Bobby Boswell, the LA Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez and the Columbus Crew's Michael Parkhurst finished second through fourth in the voting, respectively. The award is voted on by the media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. New England Revolution defender Jose Goncalves won the award last season.
The Sounder dropped Leg 1 to the Galaxy 1-0 on Sunday. They host Leg 2 against the Galaxy next Sunday at 9 p.m.
- Scooby Axson