The New York Red Bulls announced on Wednesday that Jesse Marsch has been named the club’s new head coach ahead of the 2015 season effective immediately.
“On behalf of the New York Red Bulls, I’d like to welcome Jesse aboard as our new head coach,” said Sporting Director Ali Curtis. “We’re excited to bring someone on who has both MLS and US Men’s National Team coaching experience and we strongly believe he is the right candidate to lead our team going forward.”
“I’m honored to be joining a franchise like the New York Red Bulls and I want to thank the organization for this opportunity,” said Marsch. “I’m excited to get going with our players and sporting staff as we prepare for the 2015 season.”
Before joining the Red Bulls, Marsch was the head coach of the Montreal Impact during the club’s inaugural season in 2012. Marsch led the Impact to 12 wins in the club’s first season, the most wins by an expansion club since 1998.
Marsch also has experience coaching with US Men’s National Team, serving as Bob Bradley’s assistant for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2011 Gold Cup. The USMNT advanced to the
knockout round in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and to the tournament final in the 2011 Gold Cup.
The Racine, Wisconsin native enjoyed an impressive playing career as well, winning three MLS Cups and four US Open Cup Championships during 14 years in the league with D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA. Marsch made 321 appearances in 14 seasons, scoring 31 goals and adding 40 assists.
During his playing days, Marsch played for four Coaches of the Year in Bruce Arena (1997 D.C. United), Bob Bradley (1998 Chicago Fire), Dave Sarachan (2003 Chicago Fire) and Preki (2007 Chivas USA).
Along with a successful career in MLS, Marsch earned two Caps with US Men’s National Team. In college, Marsch was a two-year captain at Princeton University, a two-time first team All-Ivy member and a first team All-American in 1995. Marsch most recently served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, leading the Tigers to a 2014 Ivy League Championship.
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