Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jesse Marsch Named US Assistant Coach

Jesse Marsch has joined Bob Bradley and the USMNT in the role of assistant coach.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Jesse for many years, and I believe the knowledge and experience he brings will be a great benefit to both the players and the coaching staff,” said Bradley in a press release.

Familiarity between Marsch and Bradley should be a given, knowing the extensive experience the two have working together. Marsch played for Bradley at Princeton University in 1992, with the Chicago Fire in 1998 and with Chivas USA in 2006. The two were together at D.C. United in 1996, when Bradley was an assistant.

The 36-year-old midfielder won three league titles and four U.S. Open Cups during 14 MLS seasons and was Chivas USA's captain for much of the past two seasons. He made 327 appearances all told, scoring 31 goals as a midfielder.

He made two appearances for the U.S. national team, in a 2001 World Cup qualifier at Trinidad and Tobago and a 2007 exhibition against China.

"I'm excited about this opportunity with U.S. Soccer," said Marsch, 36, about the appointment. "I am looking forward to working hard to help this team be successful in the future."

A native of Racine, Wisconsin, this is Marsch’s first jaunt in coaching.

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