February 5, 2010
MLS Original Marsch retires, joins MNT staff
CARSON, Calif.– Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch, a 14-year Major League Soccer veteran, has announced his retirement as a player, and joins the United States Men’s National Team as an assistant coach to head coach Bob Bradley.
|Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch has retired and joined Bob Bradley's staff with the U.S. National Team
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As one of just three remaining MLS Originals, Marsch played in each of MLS’ first 14 seasons, making appearances in a total of 321 regular season and 37 playoff matches.
The defensive midfielder won the MLS Cup three times and U.S. Open Cup four times, and also made two appearances for the United States National Team. As vice captain of Chivas USA since joining the club in 2006, Marsch is the second all-time leader for club in games played, games started, and minutes.
Marsch, who holds a USSF ‘A’ License, will join the U.S. team for training camp beginning Feb. 10 at The Home Depot Center, ahead of the game against El Salvador on Feb. 24 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
"I'm excited about this opportunity with U.S. Soccer," said Marsch. "I am looking forward to working hard to help this team be successful in the future."
The former midfielder has worked with Bradley since 1992, when Marsch was a freshman at Princeton under Bradley the Tigers head coach. In the inaugural season MLS season in 1996, Bradley served as an assistant coach for D.C. United and Marsch a midfielder during their run to the MLS Cup title, the start of three successive league titles for both men.
In 1998, Bradley took the reigns of the expansion Chicago Fire and Marsch helped the club complete its historic double, winning both the U.S. Open Cup and the MLS Cup. When Bradley took over as head coach of Chivas USA prior to the 2006 season, Marsch moved to the club and went on to make 106 appearances in four seasons.
The Racine, Wis., native currently resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with his wife Kim and three children.