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
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– RB Leipzig (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jesse Marsch (born November 8, 1973) is an American soccer manager, former player and head coach, who is currently an assistant manager at RB Leipzig.

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.



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 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 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. 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]

The club announced in July 2018 that Marsch would be leaving the Red Bulls, naming Chris Armas as new head coach. Marsch departed New York as the Red Bulls all-time winningest coach in club history with a record of 58–35–25.[14]

Coaching statistics[edit]

As of Games played on 1 July 2018.
Team From To Record
G W L T Win % Ref.
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 [15]
Total 187 88 62 37 047.06




D.C. United

Chicago Fire



New York Red Bulls



  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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  15. ^ "MLS". Retrieved July 22, 2018.

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