KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 15, 2019
Jesse Marsch will get his opportunity to coach a European team as it was announced on Monday that he will take the reigns of Austrian Bundesliga team Red Bull Salzburg next season.
After a playing career that saw him stay entirely in Major League Soccer, the 45-year-old entered the coaching ranks, first as an assistant to Bob Bradley with the US national team. He would then go on to become the first coach for the expansion Montreal Impact as they entered MLS in the 2012 season.
The Wisconsin-born coach would only spend a season in Canada before spending a year away from the professional ranks. However, in January 2015, it was announced that he was appointed head coach of the New York Red Bulls. It was a controversial appointment as he replaced Mike Petke, who had led them over a successful two-year period.
However, under Marsch's leadership, the Red Bulls did not skip a beat as they won the Supporters' Shield in his first season.
In 2017, rumors had started to swirl that Marsch would step down from the New York team to take over the head coaching position at Red Bull Salzburg. But a year later he left New York to become an assistant with Red Bull Leipzig in the German Bundesliga.
Now, Marsch will have a chance to show what he can do in Austria with a team that is on the verge of winning the title, which will also put him on display in next season's Champions League.