Costa Rica defender Marshall killed in car crash

SAN JOSE - Costa Rica defender Dennis Marshall, who six days ago scored a goal at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, was killed in a road accident on Thursday, the player's agent said.

"It's incredible, I can't believe it... you never know what's going to happen to you tomorrow, but that's life," agent Jorge Ulloa told a local radio station.

The 25-year-old Marshall, who played for Danish club Aalborg, died in a head-on collision with a truck on a mountain highway in eastern San Jose, local media quoted the Red Cross as saying.

"He was a young man with a bright future, well loved for his easy-going nature... we're all shocked, it's a blow," said Costa Rica's Argentine coach Ricardo La Volpe.

Marshall equalised in Costa Rica's Gold Cup quarter-final against Honduras on June 18 with his first goal for his country. The match ended 1-1 and Honduras won a penalty shootout.

"This is a terribly sad day," Aalborg coach Kent Nielsen told the club's website.

Kenneth Emil Petersen, who roomed with Marshall, added: "Dennis was a fantastic person. He had a fantastic sense of humour. What has happened is so unreal."

Marshall's wife Arianna also died in the accident.