I got a chance to spend a little time on the phone today with former Sounder Tyrone Marshall, who will face his old team tomorrow as a member of the Colorado Rapids.
Here’s part of our conversation:
Will it feel odd playing against the Sounders?
TM: I made Seattle my home for the last two seasons and felt very welcome there. I had a little bit more attachment to Seattle compared to other teams. The only exception would be L.A., seeing I was there for the longest. It’s a little bit tougher playing against your previous club. But at the end of the day you just have to put feelings aside and go out and get the job done. I’m playing for the Rapids now, and we need to get three points at home. So I’ll need to put my feelings aside for 90-95 minutes, however long it is, and hopefully come out on the winning end of it.
Might the move be good for your career?
TM: The reason why Colorado picked me up was definitely come experience there in the back. They have a long season in terms of CONCACAF and all the tournaments. So they wanted to have some presence in the back and in case something happens that you can bring in and not lose a beat. I think I did that in the last game against Salt Lake, and hopefully continue in that route. I know I can still play, and I’m really excited and eager to go to training every day because I know I can offer something to the team.
Did your departure from Seattle affect your feelings for the club?
TM: It definitely did. I would be lying if I said it didn’t. My family was definitely growing attached to the city and the environment we lived in. So it was more for them, and I definitely felt a little bit for them because then we had to pick up and move to a different city. I definitely felt the bitter taste in my mouth a little bit about that. But sometimes it’s for the best, and that’s how you have to look at it: Always look at the positives, not the negatives. Come over here and try to make the most of it.
How does it feel playing in front of home crowds about a third the size of Sounders crowds?
TM: At the end of the day, you want to get out and play. If you can’t get motivated to play, probably you shouldn’t be playing. I don’t think it takes 30,000 fans – but it does help. At the end of the day it’s all about you: You have to be sure that you’re ready to go if there’s one person in the stands or if there’s 30,000.
Is it nice to have kept Sanna Nyassi as a teammate, and how is he doing?
TM: Our lockers are right next to each other, and we converse about things going on back in Seattle. … We still keep a close tab on what’s going on back there. I have a house back there, Sanna has family back there, we have friends. Sanna is a good face to see in the locker room when you come in. He’s pretty excited, too, about this game coming up tomorrow. I saw in the practice today he was very lively and bubbly. I’m excited to see Sanna do his thing tomorrow.
I’ll have more about this in my preview story in our Friday paper.