Stats: Is Zach Scott as equally deserving of Chad Marshall’s defender of the year award?

Chad Marshall was named as Major League Soccer’s Defender of the Year on Tuesday but the Seattle Sounders star claimed defensive partner Zach Scott was just as deserving of the award.

Defensive veteran Scott has represented the Sounders over 300 times, going back to their days before MLS, and is expected to start a career-high 17th game in one MLS season at LA Galaxy on Sunday night.

He is lucky to be available for selection after showing a bit too much physicality in the Western Conference final first-leg last weekend, somehow avoiding a red card much to the surprise (but no doubt delight) of manager Sigi Schmid.

“I think in most games, the referee would have pulled that second yellow [on Scott], so I’m not going to pretend I didn’t see that or argue about that,” he said.

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Marshall has been terrific for the Sounders this season, helping the side to the US Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield with some incredibly solid displays at the back. But the 30-year-old has heaped praise on Scott after earning his third MLS Defender of the Year award.

“From the very beginning we seemed to have a good understanding of each other. Zach has been a beast this year. He’s as equally deserving of this award as I am,” said Marshall.

2014 stats: Chad Marshall vs Zach Scott (via Squawka)

2014 stats: Chad Marshall vs Zach Scott (via Squawka)

Marshall has been ever present at the back for Seattle this year, missing just three games, and his statistics from the year show that he is by far the best defender for the Sounders.

Scott has been effective this season, and at 34 years of age deserves great credit for forcing his way into the starting lineup on a regular basis.

He has made more tackles per game than Marshall but is not as effective in the air. He has also made less blocks and interceptions than the former Columbus Crew man.

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It’s Scott’s aggression that lets him down. He has committed an average of 1.57 fouls per game this year and that has seen him pick up seven yellow cards – six more than Marshall.

He was lucky to stay on the pitch against LA in the first-leg and admits that he “doesn’t know how else to play” the game than with 100% commitment to every challenge.

Scott should lineup alongside Marshall on Sunday for the second-leg of the Western Conference Championship game, with a place in the MLS Cup final at stake.

A clean-sheet on home turf would give the Sounders a great chance to progress, but the Galaxy have been in fine goalscoring form of late and are always a threat.

What do you make of Chad Marshall’s comments regarding Zach Scott?


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