After a professional player calls it a career, there are many options he or she can choose. For Tyrone Marshall, it’s managing a soccer team.
A now–retired defender with years of experience playing for the Colorado Rapids, Miami Fusion, Los Angeles Galaxy, Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders, Marshall was now named the manager of the River City Rovers, a Premier Development League (PSL) side from Louisville, Ky.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the Rovers organization,” Marshall told reporters last week. “The potential for soccer in Louisville is tremendous and the vision Rovers has outlined for the future is something I wanted to be a part of.
“Tyrone’s playing career speaks for itself,” said Rovers president and GM Nathan Pitcock. “His playing experience will be an invaluable asset for players at the PDL level, as he knows exactly what it takes to make it at the highest level.
“Being able to have Tyrone work with both the youth and the PDL side will help us immensely by ensuring there’s consistency across the entire club in terms of our style of play and coaching methods. This consistency is an essential part of the Rovers identity.”
In addition to his years of playing in Major League Soccer, Marshall spent time with the Jamaican national team, making 83 appearances from 2000-2010.
River City are in their fourth year of existence and finished last in the PDL’s Great Lakes Division. However, the Rovers will be moving to the South Atlantic Division this season.