Following the Red Bulls run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2014, Marsch was hired to replace Mike Petke, who had been fired after two seasons in which he led the team to the Supporters Shield in 2013 and one step short of MLS Cup a year ago. That move initially was not met positively by supporters of the MLS side.
However, after his first season, Marsch has been named MLS Coach of the Year guiding New York to its second Supporters Shield over the past three years. The team’s 18-10-6 (W-L-D) record was also the best in franchise history.
“I’m honored to be selected among my peers as the Coach of the Year, but it’s a team award,” Marsch told MLSSoccer.com. “It’s an acknowledgment of everything we’ve been able to accomplish in this organization. I think we really should credit the players for what they’ve put into this, how much they’ve believed in what’s being built here and how much they’ve contributed. It truly is a group honor.”
Marsch is the sixth former MLS player and first Red Bulls coach to win the award. During his 14-year MLS playing career, Marsch played for four coaches when they won the MLS Coach of the Year award: Bruce Arena, D.C. United (1997); Bob Bradley, Chicago Fire (1998); Dave Sarachan, Chicago Fire (2003); and Preki, Chivas USA (2007).