Red Bulls Ink Marsch To Contract Extension

Jesse Marsch, New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer

jesse-marsch-mls-coachJesse Marsch will be patrolling the sidelines of the Red Bull Arena pitch for at least the next few years.

The team and its head coach have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the terms of which were not disclosed. Marsch earned 2015 Major League Soccer Coach of the Year honors after guiding New York to the best regular season in franchise history, and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance in his first year with the club.

“Jesse is an excellent person and the perfect coach for this club,” said Ali Curtis, Red Bulls Sporting Director, who hired Marsch ahead of the 2015 season. “I am excited that we agreed on a new contract. I enjoy working with Jesse every day and he continues to have an exceptional impact on the success of our club.”

Marsch and the Red Bulls captured the 2015 Supporters’ Shield with an 18-10-6 record and the best goal differential in the league (+19), setting new franchise-highs in wins (18) and home wins (12). The Red Bulls also scored the most goals in MLS and allowed the fewest in the Eastern Conference

With a 24-17-7 regular season record, Marsch has the fifth most wins of any coach in club history, behind Mike Petke (30), Bob Bradley (32) and Octavio Zambrano and Hans Backe, who each have 41 regular season wins.

Before joining the Red Bulls, Marsch was the head coach of Montreal Impact during the club’s inaugural season in 2012. Marsch led the Impact to 12 wins in the club’s first season, tied for the second-most wins by an expansion club in league history behind only the 1998 Chicago Fire, of which Marsch was a member of the coaching staff.

The Racine, WI, native enjoyed an impressive playing career, winning three MLS Cups and four US Open Cup Championships during 14 years in the league with D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA. Marsch made 321 appearances in 14 seasons, scoring 31 goals and adding 40 assists. He also recorded three goals and three assists in 39 playoff games. He remains among the Chicago Fire’s all-time leaders for games played and assists.