The fact that Chad Marshall won’t be on the U.S. national team’s World Cup roster is really no surprise.
The Sounders FC defender hasn’t been in the USMNT picture for a while after being one of final cuts by coach Bob Bradley ahead of the 2010 World Cup. The issue, though, had come up in the early months of the MLS season, especially as many writers leaguewide feel Marshall has played at the Defender of the Year/Best XI level for Seattle, perhaps better than some players who will be going to Brazil.
With the window now officially closed on the 2014 World Cup, I asked Marshall if he had come to grips with that notion — even if quite a few people out there, and not just Sigi Schmid and Sounders teammates, feel he’s playing well enough to be considered.
“You always kind of hope that maybe your form is good enough to get called into a camp, but they were pretty far along in the cycle to start implementing new players,” Marshall said.
“I’ll keep working hard with Seattle and (hopefully) something could happen, but it’s only going to happen when you’re playing well for your club team, so my focus is Seattle.”
And has the situation been frustrating over the years?
“Yeah, you want to be in that picture,” he said. “I had worked my way in there back before the last World Cup and didn’t get a call the last four years. Maybe I wasn’t playing the way I should (have been). I’m focused now. I’m focused on this team, and I know that if we do well here that, then the individual stuff will come for players. Just working hard here.”