Jesse Marsch was named the 15th coach in New York franchise history on January 7, 2015. In his first season at the helm, Marsch was named MLS Coach of the Year for leading the Red Bulls to the 2015 Supporters’ Shield, and the best regular season in franchise history. New York posted an 18-10-6 record, tied for best overall with FC Dallas, and a league-best +19 goal differential. The 18 wins set a new franchise record, as did 12 wins at home, and 60 points earned. Marsch’s side led MLS in scoring in 2015 with 62 goals, and was only shut out twice during the regular season. The Red Bulls also allowed the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference.
Marsch opened his tenure with a seven-game unbeaten streak, the longest in MLS that season. New York spent the entire season at or near the top of the Eastern Conference standings, and went 14-5-1 over the last 20 games on the run to the Supporters’ Shield.
Marsch’s side was also tough on the road, posting the second-most road wins in MLS with a 6-7-4 record, scoring the most road goals (27) and finishing as the only team in MLS with a positive road goal differential.
Before joining the Red Bulls, Marsch was the head coach of the Montreal Impact during the club’s inaugural season in 2012. Marsch led the Impact to 12 wins in the club’s first season, the most wins by an expansion club since 1998, when the Chicago Fire, with Marsch and current assistant Chris Armas in the midfield, took the league by storm, winning the 1998 MLS Cup and 1998 U.S. Open Cup.
Marsch also has experience coaching with US Men’s National Team, serving as Bob Bradley’s assistant for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2011 Gold Cup. The USMNT advanced to the knockout round in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and to the tournament final in the 2011 Gold Cup.
The Racine, Wisconsin native enjoyed an impressive playing career as well, winning three MLS Cups and four US Open Cup Championships during 14 years in the league with D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA. Marsch, an MLS original, made 321 appearances in 14 seasons, scoring 31 goals and 40 assists. He remains among the all-time leaders in Chicago Fire history, sixth all-time in appearances (200), and starts (182), and minutes played (16,300). His 19 goals for the Fire are the ninth most in club history, and his 29 assists rank seventh amongst all Chicago players.
During his playing days, Marsch played for four Coaches of the Year in Bruce Arena (1997 D.C. United), Bob Bradley (1998 Chicago Fire), Dave Sarachan (2003 Chicago Fire) and Preki (2007 Chivas USA).
Along with a successful career in MLS, Marsch earned two Caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team. In college, Marsch was a two-year captain at Princeton University, a two-time first team All-Ivy member and a first team All-American in 1995. Marsch most recently served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Tigers to a 2014 Ivy League Championship.