Canada to hire Jesse Marsch as head coach ahead of Copa America

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Jesse Marsch has been named the next coach of Canada’s men’s national soccer team, the Canadian soccer federation announced on Monday.

Marsch, 50, is the former coach of Leeds United, RB Leipzig, Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls. He will take over as coach for Canada’s upcoming friendlies against Netherlands on June 6 and France on June 9.

“This team is going to be something that the entire Canadian community is going to be so excited about and ready to support. We’re going to play with power and inspiration,” Marsch said as part of the announcement.

With New York, he won MLS Supporters Shield and was named MLS Coach of the Year in 2018. With Salzburg and Leipzig, Marsch gained experience coaching in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. That experience, combined with his understanding of the North American soccer landscape made him a fit for the position, according to sources briefed on the search.

According to sources, the imminent nature of the upcoming friendlies led Canada Soccer to make a hire as urgently as possible, with Canada Soccer general secretary Kevin Blue had leading the process with the input of multiple former men’s national team players.

It is not currently known whether current interim coach Mauro Biello will continue with the men’s national team in another role.

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