U.S. coach Marsch named new Leipzig manager

U.S. coach Jesse Marsch has been appointed the new RB Leipzig manager after leaving defending Austrian champions FC Salzburg.

Marsch, 47, will replace Julian Nagelsmann who will join Bundesliga defending champions Bayern Munich next season after signing a five-year-contract.

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Marsch previously worked as an assistant at Leipzig for the 2018-19 campaign but left to manage Salzburg.

During his first season in charge of Salzburg, Marsch led them to a league and cup double. They are six points clear in the Austrian Bundesliga championship round.

Marsch began his coaching career in 2011 with an assistant role with the United States men’s national team before taking charge of Major League Soccer outfit Montreal Impact the following year. His playing career spanned from 1996 to 2009 with three MLS clubs — D.C. United, Chicago Fire FC, and Chivas USA — and had two caps for the USMNT.

In 2015, he became New York Red Bulls coach and guided them to the MLS Supporters’ Shield and picked up the MLS Coach of the Year award that same year.

With Marsch’s arrival, five of the Bundesliga top seven clubs — Bayern, Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach — will have a new man in the dugout for the 2021-22 season.