Jesse Marsch

Jesse Marsch (born November 8, 1973) is an American professional soccer manager and former player who is the current head coach of Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.

Jesse Marsch
FC RB Salzburg versus Kayseri Spor Kulübü (Testspiel, 23. Juli 2019) 26.jpg
Marsch as Red Bull Salzburg manager in 2019
Personal information
Full name Jesse Marsch
Date of birth (1973-11-08) November 8, 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position(s) 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
2011–2012 Montreal Impact
2015–2018 New York Red Bulls
2018–2019 RB Leipzig (assistant manager)
2019– Red Bull Salzburg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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 Montreal Impact upon its entry to MLS in 2012. He left later that year, and returned to working as an assistant.

After a year long stint as the assistant coach for his alma mater, the Princeton Tigers, Marsch was hired by the New York Red Bulls in 2015; he won a Supporters' Shield and was named MLS Coach of the Year in that year, and holds the record for most wins by a coach in franchise history. He left after being appointed as an assistant at Bundesliga club RB Leipzig in 2018, before becoming the head coach at Salzburg a year later.

Playing careerEdit


Marsch played college soccer for the 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 careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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 BullsEdit

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 75–32–44. Chris Armas followed as new head coach.[14]

RB LeipzigEdit

Marsch became assistant to RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick for the 2018–19 season. Marsch was signed to a two-year deal. 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. Marsch ultimately left the team to replace Marco Rose as the manager of Leipzig's sister club Red Bull Salzburg.

Red Bull SalzburgEdit

Marsch was officially presented as head coach of Red Bull Salzburg on June 6, 2019.[15]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 1 July 2020[16]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Montreal Impact   10 August 2011 4 November 2012 36 12 7 17 45 53 −8 033.33 [17]
New York Red Bulls   7 January 2015 6 July 2018 151 75 32 44 256 175 +81 049.67 [18]
Red Bull Salzburg   6 June 2019 Present 45 29 10 6 149 55 +94 064.44 [19]
Total 232 116 49 67 450 283 +167 050.00



D.C. United

Chicago Fire


New York Red Bulls

  • MLS Supporters' Shield: 2015

Red Bull Salzburg



  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. ^ "Jesse Marsch named head coach of the Montreal Impact". Montreal Impact. August 10, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Head coach Jesse Marsch leaves Montreal Impact". Montreal Gazette. November 3, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Red Bulls name Jesse Marsch head coach". Sports Illustrated. January 7, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  8. ^ New York Red Bulls win 2015 MLS Supporters' Shield
  9. ^ New York Red Bulls' Jesse Marsch wins 2015 MLS Coach of the Year award
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  11. ^ Reports: Jesse Marsch to leave New York Red Bulls for Salzburg
  12. ^
  13. ^ Red Bull Salzburg deny Jesse Marsch reports
  14. ^ Jesse Marsch departs New York Red Bulls, Chris Armas named head coach
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  16. ^ "Jesse Marsch career sheet". footballdatabase. footballdatabase. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  17. ^ "Montreal Impact: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  18. ^ "New York Red Bulls: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "FC Red Bull Salzburg: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved April 17, 2019.

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