PRINCETON, N.J. (8/12/13) – Princeton head men’s soccer coach Jim Barlow ’91 has announced that MLS veteran and Princeton graduate Jesse Marsch ’96 will join the staff as an assistant coach.
“Princeton soccer is very lucky to have someone like Jesse join our staff,” said Barlow. "With his incredible playing and coaching experience, together with his knowledge of what it is like to be a student-athlete at Princeton, he has so much to offer. We can’t wait to get started.”
“I’m excited to return to Princeton and work with Coach Barlow, the staff and the team for the upcoming season,” Marsch said. “It’s a great opportunity to give back to the University and to keep learning about the game. I know it will help me to continue to improve as a coach, and I look forward to the interactions I’ll have with the players on the field every day.”
One of the most decorated and respected players in the MLS, Marsch won three MLS Cup titles and four U.S. Open Cup medals during his 14-year MLS career. Drafted in 1996, Marsch was a member of DC United (96-97), the Chicago Fire (98-05) and Chivas USA (06-09). The midfielder played in 321 career games, ninth most by a field player in MLS history. He made 286 starts and scored 31 goals and 40 assists in 25,642 minutes. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Marsch was one of just four remaining MLS originals and was the first player to win three MLS titles.
Following his playing retirement, Marsch was hired by Bob Bradley ’80 as an assistant coach for the US Men's National Team. Bradley was Marsch’s coach at Princeton, at the Chicago Fire and Chivas USA. Marsch helped the US win its group at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the first time the team won its pool since 1930, before finishing in 12th place. The US was the runner-up at the 2011 Gold Cup, losing to Mexico in the final.
In August 2011, Marsch was named the first head coach of MLS expansion team the Montreal Impact. He parted ways with the Impact in November 2012 after leading the Impact to the most successful inaugural MLS team record since Seattle’s record 12 wins in 2009.
Since then he and his family, wife Kim, daughter Emma, 11, sons Maddux, 9, and Lennon, 6, have been traveling throughout the world in what Marsch called a “trip of a lifetime.” Beginning in Hong Kong, the Marsch’s visited Singapore, many countries in Southeast Asia, India, Nepal, Dubai, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Europe. Read more here http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/08/07/after-cathartic-vacation-jesse-marsch-eyes-another-opportunity-mls
An All-America at Princeton, where he totaled 29 goals and 15 assists in four seasons, Marsch finished 1994 and 1995 as the Ivy League’s leading scorer and was on the all-Ivy team both years. He led the Tigers to an NCAA appearance during his senior year, when he scored 16 goals.