Jesse Marsch

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Jesse Marsch
Personal information
Full name Jesse Marsch
Date of birth (1973-11-08) November 8, 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Red Bull Salzburg (head coach)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
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)
Total 321 (31)
National team
2001–2007 United States 2 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 United States (assistant)
2012 Montreal Impact
2013–2014 Princeton Tigers (assistant)
2015–2018 New York Red Bulls
2018–2019 RB Leipzig (assistant)
2019– Red Bull Salzburg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jesse Marsch (born November 8, 1973) is an American soccer coach and former player, who is currently in charge of the Austrian Football Bundesliga side Red Bull Salzburg.

Marsch played 14 seasons as a midfielder in Major League Soccer (MLS) with D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA, winning three league titles and four U.S. Open Cup titles as well as earning two caps for the United States national team. After retiring, he became a coach, serving as an assistant with the U.S. national team before becoming the first head coach of the Montreal Impact upon its entry to MLS before moving to New York in 2015.

Playing career[edit]


Marsch played college soccer for Princeton Tigers at Princeton University, where he was an All-American in 1995 after scoring 16 goals as a midfielder and forward.


Marsch 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 D.C. United, but only played in 15 games. D.C. 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 U.S. Open Cup in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

After the 2005 season, Marsch was traded to Chivas USA, where Bradley was then coaching. 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. On February 5, 2010, he announced his retirement after four seasons with Chivas to enter coaching.[1]


Marsch received two caps with the United States national team. His first came as a substitute in a scoreless World Cup qualifier tie with Trinidad and Tobago in 2001;[2] the other came in a 2007 friendly against China.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Following his retirement, Marsch was hired as an assistant to his former college and club coach Bob Bradley with the United States men's national team.[4] Marsch remained with the U.S. program until Bradley's firing in July 2011.

In August 2011, Marsch was unveiled as the first head coach of Major League Soccer expansion franchise Montreal Impact, starting play in 2012.[5] The club finished in 12th place with 42 points.

After that one season, Marsch left the club in November 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.[6]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

In January 2015, Marsch was named head coach of New York Red Bulls replacing the most successful coach in team history, Mike Petke.[7] In his first season at the helm, Marsch led New York to the MLS Supporters' Shield[8] and a club record 18 league victories and 60 points and was named the MLS Coach of the Year.[9]

After a successful start to his career, the Red Bulls extended his contract in June 2016, offering Marsch a multi-year deal.[10]

In January 2017, Marsch was linked to taking over for Óscar García as the manager of Austrian club FC Red Bull Salzburg.[11] However, both New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Salzburg denied the reports.[12][13]

In July 2018, Marsch left the Red Bulls as the all-time winningest coach in club history with a record of 76–30–45. Chris Armas followed as new head coach.[14]

RB Leipzig[edit]

Marsch became assistant to RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick for the 2018–19 season. Marsch was signed to a two-year deal that would carry over into the next season. During Marsch's one-year tenure as an assistant for Leipzig, he helped lead them to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, where the team finished third in their group and bowed out of the competition. He further helped Rangnick lead the team to third place in the team's Bundesliga campaign, and to the final of the DFB-Pokal before falling to Bayern Munich in the final of the tournament. Marsch ultimately left the team to replace Marco Rose as the manager of Leipzig's sister club Red Bull Salzburg.

Red Bull Salzburg[edit]

Marsch was officially presented as head coach of Red Bull Salzburg on June 6, 2019.[15] Just shy of his four-month anniversary as head coach, Marsch administers a rousing Red Bull halftime "cocktail," which was taped and posted after the match on October 2, 2019. Blending Austrian German with American English (and a splash of F-repetition), Marsch exhorts excellence, and Red Bull Salzburg battles back before succumbing 4–3 to Liverpool in UEFA Champions League play.[16]

Coaching statistics[edit]

As of game played on October 5, 2019
Coaching record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
G W L T Win %
Montreal Impact January 1, 2012[5] November 3, 2012[6] 36 12 17 7 033.33
New York Red Bulls January 7, 2015[7] July 6, 2018 151 76 45 30 050.33 [17]
Red Bull Salzburg June 6, 2019 Present 14 12 1 1 085.71
Total 201 100 63 38 049.75



D.C. United

Chicago Fire


New York Red Bulls

  • MLS Supporters' Shield: 2015



  1. ^ MLS Original Jesse Marsch Retires; Joins U.S. National Team Staff
  2. ^ U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago Play to Scoreless Draw to Conclude Qualifying Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ U.S. MNT Down China, 4–1, at Spartan Stadium Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Jesse Marsch, a true MLS original, retires from Chivas USA
  5. ^ a b "Jesse Marsch named head coach of the Montreal Impact". Montreal Impact. August 10, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Head coach Jesse Marsch leaves Montreal Impact". Montreal Gazette. November 3, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Red Bulls name Jesse Marsch head coach". Sports Illustrated. January 7, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
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  16. ^ "Jesse Marsch's Halftime Speech Pretty Much Destroyed The Stigma Against American Coaches". The18. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  17. ^ "MLS". Retrieved July 22, 2018.

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