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Thursday, June 23, 2011
GOLD CUP: Costa Rican defender killed

By Scott French

Dennis Marshall, a defender who scored Costa Rica's equalizer in last weekend's CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal against Honduras, was killed in a car crash Thursday 30 miles east of San Jose, the Central American country's capital.


Marshall, 25, and his girlfriend, Meylin Masis Castro, died in a head-on collision with a truck as they traveled from his grandfather's funeral, according to a report on Major League Soccer's website.

Marshall's goal last week forced overtime, but the Ticos were eliminated on penalty kicks. Honduras lost Wednesday night to Mexico in a semifinal in Houston. He was scheduled to return early next month to Denmark, where he played for Aalborg.