Chivas USA’s Marsch Officially Announces Retirement, Joins USMNT Coaching Staff

The expected (but long-delayed) announcement came today from U.S. Soccer.

Jesse Marsch, 36, one of the last MLS originals still playing, was always a fiery character on the field, but a thoughtful and quotable one off it and will be missed in the Chivas USA locker room. He made 106 appearances for Chivas USA over three seasons and is the club’s second all-time leader in games played, games started, and minutes.
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Here’s more from the U.S. Soccer press release: Marsch, who holds a USSF ‘A’ license, will join the U.S. team for training camp beginning Monday at Home Depot Center, ahead of the game against El Salvador on Feb. 24 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

“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 U.S. Coach Bob Bradley.

Marsch made two appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team, most recently against China in June of 2007. His first came Nov. 11, 2001, in a World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain.

“I’m excited about this opportunity with U.S. Soccer,” said Marsch. “I am looking forward to working hard to help this team be successful in the future.”

Marsch, who wore the captain’s armband for Chivas USA for much of the 2008 and 2009 seasons, made 358 appearances in his 14-year MLS career. One of the most decorated players in league history, he has collected three MLS Cup titles and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup medals.

The former midfielder has worked with Bradley since 1992, when Marsch was a freshman at Princeton under Bradley the Tigers head coach. In the inaugural season MLS season in 1996, Bradley served as an assistant coach for D.C. United and Marsch a midfielder during their run to the MLS Cup title, the start of three successive league titles for both men. In 1998, Bradley took the reigns of the expansion Chicago Fire and Marsch helped the club complete its historic double, winning both the U.S. Open Cup and the MLS Cup. When Bradley took over as head coach of Chivas USA prior to the 2006 season, Marsch moved to the club and went on to make 106 appearances in four seasons.

The Racine, Wis., native lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife Kim and three children.

Marsch’s teammates react to the news here.

And here’s Marsch in his own words:

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  • Kingsnake

    Shame. The kind of guy you like having on your team, but hate playing against.

    I’ll miss him trying to break Breakham’s leg …

  • CUSA

    Jesse will be missed. He lead cusa to 4 consecutive playoffs. To bad he couldnt will MLs cup with Cusa.

  • Studs Up

    A worthy adversary of Galaxy both as a Chicago player and as a Goat. I wish him well with US, his passion and spirit should instill some intensity in the players wearing the national colors. I look forward to seeing him be red carded from the bench. :)

    I hate no more!