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Jesse Marsch joins RB Leipzig as assistant coach


Following his departure from the New York Red Bulls, Jesse Marsch’s new position has been confirmed by RB Leipzig.

The Bundesliga club announced on Monday that Marsch has joined the team as an assistant coach. Sporting director Ralf Rangnick will take on double responsibility for the team this season as he manages the team.

“It was a decision we had to take time to think over,” Rangnick said at a press conference. “We have decided that I will take on the head coaching role myself, with the help of the best possible coaching staff. The goal is for me to be on the pitch for the training sessions [while] we will redistribute some [internal] tasks to my sporting director.”

Marsch has signed a two-year contract with the club and will remain as an assistant coach next season when the team transitions to Julian Nagelsmann  for the 2019-2020 season.

Nagelsmann is set to lead Hoffenheim through this upcoming Bundesliga campaign before joining up with RB Leipzig.


  1. Does this benefit Tyler Adams? If Marsch had been named manager and struggled it could have hindered perceptions of Adams if he does in fact make a move after this season. Likewise Marsch could have been hindered if Adams struggled.

  2. hoping that somehow this makes jesse more available for the usmnt position should ernie call him.

    • because if he’s just an assistant (no disrespect intended) at rb leipzig, then maybe it would be easy to leave if ernie were to call him? (whereas if he would have remained the head coach of ny red bulls, not so easy to leave. that’s a big commitment.)

  3. I’ve got a bright idea, having earned my stripes as a national team assistant and a long term head coach within the Red Bull cluster of teams, I will switch leagues midseason, leave my old team in the lurch, and become an assistant again. You’re right, this is progress. A tail spin is also a progression.

    • He was a USMNT assistant for a year, stop acting like he was there for a long time. MLS is the minor leagues stop pretending that anyone in Europe sees it any other way. Bradley with more success in MLS and two national team head coaching positions still had to go to Norway and then Ligue 2 before being given a shot a club at the same level as RBL. Marsch could have held out for a head coaching spot like Arena and then 20 years later still be in MLS or take a shot getting his foot in the door.

      • Music to my ears Johnny we agree. Perhaps you’ve seen the light.

        Its funny how Americentric soccer fans can’t see that this is a step up for Marcsh if he has ambitions to coach in Europe. And good on Marcsh for having those ambitions he could have possibly had the USMNT job but if he follows this path we now get more of what our country desperately needs, experienced high level legit coaching that can pass on knowledge and instruction to upcoming youth instead of having former NCAA coaches running the show.

      • Joe, I thought you’d left us. I’ve always been a realist, MLS is good for youngsters without EU passports and a good spot for aging players in search of minutes, but it is not a top league. Yes, Giovinco is better than almost anyone in Ligue 2 or the Championship, but the 5th through 25th players on those rosters are much better than most MLSers. Look at guys like Piatti, Valeri, Ilie Sanchez, and Vazquez that were average players in South America or 2nd divisions in Europe are stars in MLS. Bradley Wright Phillips was a League One level player (played in Championship as well but did best in League One) and at 28 came to MLS and has been the best scorer in the league ever since. I don’t know if it’s a step up, but I definitely don’t see it as a step down if his goal is to manage at a higher level. If Vieira isn’t Vieira, he isn’t moving to Nice from NYCFC.

      • I don’t think assistant is a foot in the door. They already have the next two heads hired. Berhalter was hired straight to a head job in Sweden. As you note, Bradley did not have to serve an apprenticeship, either. I grant a B.1 head job might be a big jump but that might be the point. You may think this is the job he has to take to maybe get THIS head job in the future perhaps, but I think he could get A HEAD JOB now elsewhere in Europe. You kind of assume the value and future of this when it could be a dead end or send him off to lower tier head jobs in Europe I think he could already get.

      • Just as in any career there are multiple paths to get to the desired level that you want. Marsch took this one because he felt its the best one for whatever his goals are. I think he probably has a better idea of what openings were available to him than any of us do. Marsch has never played or coached in Europe where Berhalter had 15 years of playing experience in Holland, England, and Germany plus the backing of minority owner Anshultz Entertainment not anywhere near the same situation.

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