Jesse Marsch

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Jesse Marsch
Personal information
Full name Jesse Marsch
Date of birth (1973-11-08) November 8, 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1992–1995 Princeton Tigers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 D.C. United 15 (4)
1998–2005 Chicago Fire 200 (19)
2006–2009 Chivas USA 106 (8)
National team
2001–2007 United States 2 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 United States (assistant)
2012 Montreal Impact
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jesse Marsch (born November 8, 1973 in Racine, Wisconsin) is a retired American soccer midfielder who was the head coach of the Montreal Impact for their entrance in MLS in 2012, after having previously been an assistant for the U.S. national team. He spent fourteen seasons in Major League Soccer, winning three league and four U.S. Open Cup titles. He was a 2001 MLS All Star and earned two caps with the United States men's national soccer team.



Marsch played college soccer at Princeton University, where he was an All-American in 1995, after scoring 16 goals as a midfielder/forward. He was drafted by D.C. United (their assistant coach was his coach at Princeton, Bob Bradley) in the third round of the 1996 MLS College Draft.


Marsch spent the next two seasons with DC, but only played in 15 games. DC assistant coach Bob Bradley, named to lead the expansion Chicago Fire, acquired Marsch soon after the Expansion Draft in exchange for A.J. Wood and a second-round pick in the 1998 College Draft. Marsch immediately became a regular in Chicago and remained a mainstay in their lineup through 2005. He helped the Fire to the 1998 MLS Cup, giving him three league championships in three seasons. While with Chicago, he also won the US Open Cup in 1998, 2000, and 2003. After the 2005 season Marsch was traded to Chivas USA, where Bob Bradley was then managing. At the time, he left the Fire as the club's all-time leader in regular season games played with 200 (he now sits sixth behind C.J. Brown, Logan Pause, Gonzalo Segares, Zach Thornton and Chris Armas.

Marsch is one of three players to have played in each of the first 14 seasons of Major League Soccer. Marsch was also the first player to win three MLS Cup championships. On February 5, 2010 the American midfielder retired, having played for Chivas USA from 2006–2009.[1]

Since his retirement from competitive professional soccer, Marsch has been playing for the amateur team Coyotes FC in the Los Angeles Premier League.[2]


Marsch received two caps with the United States national team. His first came in a scoreless world cup qualifier tie with Trinidad and Tobago on November 11, 2001. He came on for Joe-Max Moore in the 82nd minute.[3] He was not called up again to the national team until June 2, 2007 when he came on for Benny Feilhaber in a victory over China.[4]


Following his retirement on February 5, 2010, Marsch was hired as an assistant coach with the United States men's national soccer team.[5] On August 10, 2011, Marsch was unveiled as the first head coach of Major League Soccer expansion franchise Montreal Impact, starting play in 2012.[6] Despite coaching the Impact to the most successful inaugural team record since the Seattle Sounders's record 12 wins in 2009,[7] Marsch left the club on November 3, 2012. Though team management had been emphatic about their satisfaction with Marsch's work, the differences in coaching philosophies between Marsch and the management of the club led to an "amicable" split.[8]

Coaching record[edit]

As of 19 August 2012
Team From1 To2 Record3
G W L T Win %
Montreal Impact August 10, 20114 November 3, 2012[8] 36 12 17 7 33.33
Total 36 12 17 7 33.33


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