KENYA BROWN - Monday, June 29, 2020
Jesse Marsch added the Austrian Bundesliga title to his resume on Sunday as he guided Red Bull Salzburg to a comfortable victory over Hartberg to earn their seventh consecutive crown.
The team's title win was confirmed after their 3-0 win followed by second-place team LASK Linz's 1-0 defeat to Wolfsberger. That has put Salzburg in a commanding 11-point lead in the standings with two games left in the season.
This achievement has only added more history to Marsch's story as he became the first American coach to win a title for a European team when Salzburg won the Austrian Cup last month. Now, he's become the first American to win the double.
The reigning champions' dominance of the league was under serious threat this season as Linz was at the top of the standings prior to the halt of all games due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, things changed when they were docked four points for breaking coronavirus protocols after being filmed conducting full team training sessions when they were required to be in small groups.
That punishment hurt Linz dearly as they could only muster three wins out of the eight games they have played thus far, allowing for Marsch and his men to push ahead and not look back.
From accepting his first head coaching post at the Montreal Impact to putting together consistent performances with the New York Red Bulls and landing the assistant manager job at RB Leipzig, Marsch has shown that he deserves all the success he is gathering.
Even with the loss of some key players during the winter transfer window, the 46-year-old has been able to keep his team on track and now they have two titles to their name.
With two games left in the season, Marsch will certainly try to keep his team focused. But for now, they can celebrate their achievements over this crazy season.