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November 19, 2012
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Marshall retires - Former Reggae Boy defender looks to life after football, as Colorado decline to extend contract

Tyrone Marshall

Reggae Boy Tyrone Marshall's 15-year professional playing career appears all but over after his Major League Soccer (MLS) club decided not to keep the 38-year-old defender.

According to Marshall, the Colorado Rapids declined to extend his two-year deal last week following the club's disappointing 2012 season in North America's top football league, failing to make the MLS play-offs.

"My contract is up," he confirmed from the United States (November 17). "They're not offering me a new contract."

Marshall, who has played more than 80 times for Jamaica's senior national team, appeared in 337 MLS games, fifth on the league's all-time list. He wanted one more season with Colorado, but wasn't surprised by the club's decision, despite earlier indications a deal could have been reached.

"I was hoping to get another year, based on discussions during the season, but it didn't work out," explained Marshall, a teammate of national player Omar Cummings at Colorado.

"At the end of the season, when you've had a bad season, you're going to have changes."

Marshall started his MLS career with Colorado in 1998. He moved to Miami Fusion, now defunct, and later Los Angeles Galaxy, where he won two MLS championships. Stints with Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC followed. In 2012, Marshall appeared in 16 MLS games, starting 13. He scored twice, to push his career total to 18 goals.

Marshall believes he is still good enough to contribute to a MLS team and has not totally ruled out playing next season. However, he is mentally prepared for retirement.

"I'm looking beyond playing now," said the married father of five children, ages ranging between two and 10 years. "It's time to settle down with the family and raise the kids. Watch my boys grow up and play soccer. Go to their games. It's going to be my time to watch them play instead of them watching my games."

The son of former Jamaica club player Cornell 'Granny' Marshall plans to return to university to complete a bachelor's degree in sports management. He holds a US "A" coaching licence, which he wants to use possibly as a player/coach in the professional ranks, or as coach at US college or club academy level. He is considering offers.

"Going forward, the future looks bright," said Marshall, who plans to move to Kentucky, his wife Cari's home state.

He said he has also spoken to Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell about future coaching possibilities with the national programme.

Despite being out of the national team, Marshall said he's always ready to step in if the Reggae Boyz need him, but would never hamper the progress of the youngsters.

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