Jesse Marsch named head coach of the Montreal Impact

Before joining the Impact, Marsch most recently served as assistant coach for the United States Men’s National Team. As a member of the US National Team coaching staff, Marsch helped the US team advance to the round of 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.



In addition, he helped the US Team reach the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. Marsch has also coached and worked with the U23, U18, U17 and U15 youth national team programs. At the collegiate level, Marsch was a member of the Northwestern University coaching staff from 2000-2005.



A native of Racine, Wisconsin, Marsch holds a USSF “A” Coaching License. A graduate of Princeton University with a BA in History, Marsch is currently a member of the 2011 MLS Disciplinary Committee.



“The club has found the head coach that we were looking for,” said Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo. “Jesse Marsch fits into the structure we want to build for MLS. He has the knowledge and experience having worked at the highest level in North America. He is a real competitor and a true winner. Jesse Marsch is a hard working coach, who will bring passion and energy to our club."



“It’s an honour to be named the first head coach of the Montreal Impact in MLS,” said Jesse Marsch. “It’s a great opportunity to establish something special. There are good soccer people in this organization that are committed to doing things the right way. My time in MLS and with the US National Team exposed me to this game at the highest level. We will be committed to the process of becoming a winning team.”



As a player, Marsch played 14 seasons in Major League Soccer as a midfielder with DC United, the Chicago Fire and Chivas USA. He is one of the most decorated players in Major League Soccer history winning three MLS Cups (1996, 1997 and 1998) and four US Open Cups (1996, 1998, 2000 and 2003).



Marsch is also one of only three players to have played in each of the first 14 seasons in MLS history, playing a total of 321 career regular-season games, including 286 starts, tallying a total of 31 goals and 40 assists for 102 points. He also played in 37 playoff matches.



He has played for two of the top coaches in MLS history: Bruce Arena (1996 and 1997), with DC United, and Bob Bradley, with Chicago (1998 to 2002), Chivas USA (2006), the US National Team (2007), as well as with Princeton University (1992 to 1995).



Marsch was selected in the third round of the inaugural 1996 MLS College Draft by DC United. After two seasons in Washington, Marsch was acquired by the Chicago Fire, where he played a total of 200 regular-season games, from 1998 to 2005. During the team’s 1998 double-winning campaign, Marsch played all 450 minutes of all five playoff games and all 360 minutes of four US Open Cup games. Marsch was also named the Chicago Fire’s US Soccer Humanitarian of the Year in 2004 and 2005.



Marsch then joined Chivas USA prior to the 2006 season making a total of 106 regular-season appearances, 103 as a starter, wearing the captain’s armband in 2008 and 2009. He was named US Soccer Humanitarian of the Year for the third time with Chivas USA in 2009.



At the international level, Marsch played two games with the US National Team.



Marsch is married and has three children.



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