Three-time MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall has announced his retirement due to injury, bringing an end to a 16-year career that included stints with the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders.

Marshall announced his decision Wednesday after missing Seattle’s last two games with knee inflammation. The 34-year-old is the only three-time defender of the year in league history, winning the award in 2008, 2009 and 2014. He was named to the MLS Best XI and was an All-Star selection four times. He also won a pair of MLS Cup titles, one in Columbus and one in Seattle.

Marshall spent his first 10 seasons with Columbus before joining Seattle via trade in 2014. He’s second all-time in MLS history among field players in regular-season appearances (409), starts (404) and minutes played (35,843).

FILE - In this June 30, 2018, file photo, Seattle Sounders' Chad Marshall, center left, and Portland Timbers' Julio Cascante, center right, battle for a header in the first half of an MLS soccer match, in Seattle. Three-time MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall has announced his retirement due to injury, bringing an end to a 16-year career that included stints with the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders. Marshall announced his decision Wednesday, May 22, 2019, after missing Seattle's last two games with knee inflammation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE – In this June 30, 2018, file photo, Seattle Sounders’ Chad Marshall, center left, and Portland Timbers’ Julio Cascante, center right, battle for a header in the first half of an MLS soccer match, in Seattle. Three-time MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall has announced his retirement due to injury, bringing an end to a 16-year career that included stints with the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders. Marshall announced his decision Wednesday, May 22, 2019, after missing Seattle’s last two games with knee inflammation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)