Yohance Marshall recalled to help Galaxy’s wounded defense

Injuries to Berhalter and DeLaGarza lead Galaxy to recall Marshall from Austin


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Robert Mora

CARSON, Calif. – Galaxy defender Yohance Marshall
returned to the club on Monday following a nearly six month loan spell with the
Austin Aztex of the USSF Division 2 Pro League. On loan since early April, Marshall was able to gain
some valuable match experience and helped lead the second year club to their
first-ever postseason berth.

“It was a great experience,” Marshall said after Tuesday’s training
session, which was his second with the club since being recalled from his loan.
“The team down there is really nice. Every game I think I learned something and
every game I was able to improve myself. I think that was the main thing going
to Austin, it
was to try to improve my game.”

After appearing in just one Open Cup game in 2009, as well
as a couple of friendlies, Marshall came into his second season with LA looking
to play an increased role in the club’s defense, but with Gregg Berhalter and Omar Gonzalez each returning, and Leonardo having
arrived from Sao Paulo on loan, the decision was made to send the 24-year-old
to Austin in order to gain some valuable game experience.

“I’m still adjusting [to being back] a little bit,” said
Marshall, who had three goals in 24 games with the Aztex. “I went there to get
some games and I was able to get some confidence back as well. Now I’m just
trying to carry that back here with me to the Galaxy and play with that same
kind of confidence now. I think it’s a big thing. When you play here, there are
a lot of older guys, more experienced guys and you have to be confident. Even
if you make a mistake, you have to forget it and then try and move on. So,
confidence is something really important.”

With Marshall’s
help, the Aztex have compiled the second best record in the Division 2 Pro
League this season, going 14-4-7 for 49 points with five games still remaining.
While his three goals were good for the fourth most on the club, it was his
experience marshalling the back line that has played the biggest role in
helping to turn the club around after a 5-17-8 mark in 2009.

Marshall’s work in Texas did not go unnoticed by the Galaxy
coaches, who included him in the 18-man squad for the 1-0 win at FC Dallas on
May 20 and then played him for the final 45 minutes of the friendly win over
Boca Juniors a few days later. Now with Gregg Berhalter and A.J. DeLaGarza
questionable for this weekend’s game, he has answered his club’s call once

“I think they always had me in mind and they always wanted
me to improve,” Marshall
said of his coaches and teammates in LA. “They are giving me that support again
and just helping me out in every way they can.

“I just want to be able to help the team in any way I can.
If they need me, I’m going to be there.”


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