Stanford Alum Chad Marshall Scores Goal In Debut For U.S. National Team
March 10, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - Former Stanford standout Chad Marshall scored a goal in his debut for the United States Men's National Soccer Team, lifting the U.S. to a 3-0 win over Colombia in Fullerton on Wednesday evening. The win extended the National Team's unbeaten streak to 15 games, dating back to a loss to Holland over a year ago.
Marshall scored the team's second goal of the match, heading home a cross from Steve Ralston in the 33rd minute, eight minutes after midfielder Pat Noonan finished a rebound of a Ralston chip to score in his first start for the U.S.
Forward Clint Mathis finished the scoring by swerving in a corner kick that was mishandled by the Colombian 'keeper in the 66th minute.
'We beat a very good team,' said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. 'We had a bunch of good performances tonight. I thought Steve Ralston did a heck of a job contributing to the first two goals. It was a tough game; the pace of the game was fast. It was great experience for our guys to get exposure at the international level.'
Six players - goalkeeper Jon Busch, defenders Richie Kotschau, Marshall and Brian Mullan, and midfielders Clint Dempsey and Pat Noonan - made their first starts for the U.S. Men, with Busch, Kotschau, Marshall and 86th minute sub Nat Borchers earning their first caps.
'I wasn't able to get a goal last year. I hit a lot of posts. But to get it today here, in my first game in front of my family in my hometown was nice,' said the 20-year-old Marshall, who became the eighth player since 1986 (and 39th overall in team history) to score a goal in his first match with the U.S. MNT. 'It was a little intimidating getting my first game against Colombia because they are a powerhouse down there. I hope that I continue to play well in this camp and get in a couple of more games.'
Marshall was a two-year letterwinner on The Farm, leaving after his sophomore season following his selection as the second overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew. The defender earned Pac-10 Second Team All-Conference honors as a freshman, and was tabbed for First Team recognition as a sophomore in 2003. Marshall helped lead the Cardinal to the College Cup Final in 2002, and received Soccer America Freshman of the Year accolades. He was also named as an NSCAA Far West Region All-American in 2003.