Red Bull Salzburg announced today the appointment of Jesse Marsch to the manager position there. He will take over the position this summer.
Marsch’s American soccer career was distinctly that: American. A player at Princeton University, he joined MLS in the 1996 draft for DC United. He was then selected by Bob Bradley in Chicago Fire’s Expansion draft, where he won the 1998 MLS Cup and the Lamar Hunt Open Cup. He also earned two caps for the United States Men’s National Team. Retiring from play in 2010 after four years with the now defunct Chivas USA, Marsch began his coaching career under Bradley with the National Team.
RBNY named Marsch head coach of the 2011 MLS expansion Montreal Impact. After spending one season at Montreal, Marsch replaced Mike Petke at the New York Red Bulls. Marsch earned Coach of the Year in 2015 following the team’s second Supporter’s Shield in three years. He earned his UEFA coaching licenses while he was with RBNY, causing people to speculate that he would make the move to Salzburg in 2017.
Instead, Marsch made the move to an assistant coaching position at RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga. Under the tutelage of coach and Sporting Director Ralf Rangnick, Marsch continued his training in a more hands-on fashion. Marsch represented a familiar face for RBNY homegrown Tyler Adams, who made the move to Leipzig following the 2018 MLS season. Marsch takes over Salzburg from Marco Rose, and Julian Naglesmann signed to become the next manager at Leipzig. Both teams take part in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League competition.
Red Bull Salzburg has just earned their twelfth Austrian Bundesliga title. A mainstay in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, they fell to Napoli, 3-4 on aggregate, in the Round of 16.
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