The New York Red Bulls have announced that Jesse Marsch has been given a multi-year contract extension. As such, he is set to remain with the club for more than the two years he was initially given at the start of the 2015 season. Marsch coached New York to the 2015 MLS Supporters Shield, qualifying for this year's CONCACAF Champions League in the process, while also taking the Red Bulls to Eastern Conference final for the second consecutive season.
This has been long coming for the Head Coach of the Red Bulls. Jesse Marsch can be seen as a survivor after going thru many tribulations over the course of last season and the start of this one. He withstood the uproar forming from former Red Bulls coach Mike Petke's firing and the subsequent firing squad while fielding questions from the season ticket holders at a town hall meeting, quickly changing fans opinions with a winning season.
The beginning of this season was very murky as the Red Bulls started with only one win while compiling six losses. However, Marsch and the team found a way to break out of the slump, taking six wins, a loss, and a draw in an eight-game stretch. Whatever challenges that Marsch has had to face in his season and a half as head coach for the Red Bulls, he has survived to earn this extension.
"Jesse is an excellent person and the perfect coach for this club," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. "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 addressed the media at the training facility in Hanover, NJ to give his emotions to inking this new deal. "I mean this has been a great place for me to be no doubt, but it reflects on two things. First the organizations belief in me from Red Bull Global and the people here like Marc DeGrandpre & Ali Curtis."
"I am thankful and I'm still hungry as ever and this organization is still hungry as ever to go after everything in front of us. I feel very lucky that I'm at a club that has a lot of resources to try and gain success and I'm very thankful for that."
Coach Marsch will likely not want to spend too much time resting on his laurels and his new deal, as the team turns their concentration on to the Seattle Sounders who they will face in their next match at Red Bull Arena this Sunday night.