Former MLS defender Tyrone Marshall named head coach of PDL's River City Rovers

One of the most experienced players in MLS history is moving into the coaching field.

Tyrone Marshall, a 15-year MLS veteran with five different teams, was named head coach of USL Premier Development League outfit River City Rovers, the Louisville, Ky.-based team announced Thursday.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the Rovers organization,” said Marshall in a statement. “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.”

It is the first coaching position for Marshall, who retired at the end of the 2012 season ranked seventh in the league's all-time minutes played charts with 26,651. The two-time MLS All-Star started his professional career with the Colorado Rapids in 1998 and remained in MLS for the duration, featuring for the Miami Fusion, LA Galaxy (where he won the 2002 and 2005 MLS Cups), Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders, before finishing out his career with the Rapids.

Marshall was also a regular with the Jamaican national team, making 83 appearances and scoring five goals for the Reggae Boyz between 2000-2010.

“Tyrone’s playing career speaks for itself,” said Rovers president and GM Nathan Pitcock in a statement. “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.”

The Rovers are currently entering their fourth year of existence and finished the 2013 season in last place of the seven-team Great Lakes Division of the PDL.