With the New York Red Bulls’ 3-0 win over Minnesota United, Jesse Marsch has earned his 50th league win with the team. The Princeton alumnus started his tenure in New York in 2015.
Half Century of MLS Wins for New York Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch
The NCAA Path
The RBNY manager began his soccer career as Major League soccer began, a result of the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Marsch spent his entire college playing career with the Princeton Tigers before joining original MLS club DC United in the 1996 Draft. Bob Bradley, on the coaching staff at Princeton and later at DC, also brought Marsch to Chicago in the Expansion Draft for the newly created Chicago Fire. The relationship between Bradley and Marsch saw them both at Chivas USA until Marsch’s retirement in 2010.
The Coaching Path
Marsch and Bradley continued together in coaching when Marsch joined the coaching staff for the US Men’s National Team. Following Bradley’s departure, Marsch also left US Soccer to become head coach of MLS expansion team Montreal Impact. Though the Impact’s first season was considered successful, Marsch left to pursue opportunities that better suited his coaching philosophy. His time in Montreal is also where he met Brazilian midfielder Felipe Martins. Marsch brought Martins to New York, similar to the moves Bob Bradley made with him.
A Red Bull Path
Since joining Red Bull New York in 2015, Marsch has become more than an MLS coach. He led the team to a Supporters’ Shield and the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Final. Marsch earned his UEFA Coaching License last year and is often part of the discussion for the next USMNT manager. His team has gotten younger and faster, using the high press tactics seen in other Red Bull teams around the world. This year, Marsch has to balance CONCACAF Champions League with MLS league play before the beginning of the Open Cup.
His way to encourage the team comes from a seemingly unlikely championship manager’s playbook. “So it’s something that we have kind of taken from [Claudio] Ranieri when he was at Leicester. When he had clean sheets, they would have pizza parties. So there’s pizza and beer in the locker room; so the guys get that for every four clean sheets we have in all competitions.” It’s also a great way to celebrate a half-century of wins.