For the last several months the New York and national soccer press has been asking Jesse Marsch if he has been coaching his last match for the New York Red Bulls and there has been answers of either he is still going to be here or he will not answer that question.
But since this past Thursday afternoon Kristian Dyer of The Athletic and MSG Network has already posted an article that has given us the answer that Marsch is in deep discussions and when finalized, will move on from the New York Red Bulls and join their sister club in the German Bundesliga Red Bull Leipzig.
The move will possibly be an interim head coaching position before the real hire comes along in the 2019-20 season as current Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann will take charge of the club. But for Marsch he will get a taste of German football for this upcoming Bundesliga season of 2018-19, then become Nagelsmann’s assistant or assisting Ralf Rangnick who is the Global Director of Red Bulls soccer.
Since taking over controversially when he was hired by then sporting director Ali Curtis, Jesse Marsch won the 2015 Supporters Shield while qualifying for two CONCACAF Champions League editions.
He managed the side thru a solid group stage winning twice at home and drawing twice on the road before falling to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Quarterfinals of the knockout stage, but early in 2018 he defeated CD Olimpia of Honduras in the round of 16, swept Liga MX side Club Tijuana in the Quarterfinals.
Till falling to eventual CONCACAF Champions League Winners Chivas of Guadalajara in the Semi-Finals by a single goal that was scored down in Mexico at the Estadio Akron. Then he led the side in 2017 to a big run in the US Open Cup.
Edging NYCFC with a one goal clean sheet in the 4th round, then defeating the Philadelphia Union in Penalties in the 5th round. A trip to Harvard University to edge the New England Revolution late in regulation, then a comeback victory at USL side FC Cincinnati.
But sadly came up short to force extra time in the US Open Cup Final at Children’s Mercy Park against Sporting Kansas City. But while there have been plenty of successes for Marsch and tough losses as well, the number one thing he has consistently won is the number of players he has watched that have graduated from the USL side to the MLS side.
The number of young and talented players that have come up through the ranks can not be questioned as Tyler Adams will be joining Marsch at Leipzig once the MLS Season ends and to see players like Florian Valot, Sean Davis, Derrick Etienne Jr., Vincent Bezecourt and just making a name for himself since the league opener in Ben Mines, this club has made youth development their number one priority.
Personally for me it was a pleasure to have chats with Marsch before asking the questions that he needed to answer at the training ground and at the Arena or on the road in Philadelphia, DC, Orlando or at Yankee Stadium.
Not only was he a straight shooter, but you can tell he enjoyed having a laugh with the media when it came down to having an off the cuff moment. He and Mike Petke are the only two managers this club has had winning a regular season title, but still the elusive moment was and always has been is a major trophy to call their own.
With Marsch moving on to Germany, Long Island native Chris Armas has been tabbed to take over on an interim basis till the end of this current season. When Jesse’s last game will be announced is when Armas will take over as he already managed one match last season in the US Open Cup.
But it will be a sad day when it comes to say goodbye to a man who has changed the philosophy of this club when it use to be bringing in the shining stars of Europe and South America and now it’s developing your own players to make them play big games.