Former Leeds manager Jesse Marsch declined to comment on the open US men’s national team job this week and said his next job, “is about finding the best possible.”
Marsch was in Chicago on Tuesday to honor the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Fire’s 2003 US Open Cup team where he played. The 49-year-old refused to comment on his exit from Leeds or the current state of the team. He also declined to comment on USMT’s work and said his visit to Chicago was for the Fire ceremony.
Marsch, who was sacked by Leeds in February, is a leading candidate to take over as USMNT coach ahead of the 2026 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the US, Mexico and Canada. The job has been vacant since Gregg Berhalter’s contract expires at the end of 2022.
Marsch was noncommittal when asked about what his next job might be and if there are other opportunities in Europe.
“There are many small discussions about potential opportunities, which I always love discussions because it is important to know what the vision is, from my point of view and from different points of view of the club ,” said Marsch. “I’m lucky that there are still people who are interested in what I do. I still love teaching and my next job is to find the best one possible.
Marsch was sacked in February after nearly a year in charge at Leeds. The team was in 17th place in the Premier League table at the time, but failed to win seven consecutive league games despite advancing to the FA Cup. Leeds sit in 19th place in the Premier League table with three games remaining. The club parted ways with director of football Victor Orta on May 2 and hired Sam Allardyce as manager last week in an attempt to avoid the drop.
Marsch said he viewed his time in the Premier League as a valuable lesson in handling pressures “different than anywhere else” and that he was “proud” of the way the staff worked during his time there. .
“Learning different languages, learning different cultures, learning different styles of football is really valuable in terms of my education and development and in terms of the coach I want to be,” Marsch said. “What you know is that the attention from every perspective, the magnifying glass of what happens in the Premier League is different than anywhere else. And how you manage that internally will always dictate your ability to create success .
“So, I think in our best moments, we’ve done a really good job of that and we have a good sense within what we’re trying to achieve and togetherness and belief at Leeds United, and that part I miss, And I’m very proud of the way we all worked together.”
Marsch had discussions to take over as coach of two Premier League teams, Southampton and Leicester, after being fired by Leeds, but in the end did not end up with either team.
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“I would say both clubs are fantastic and the people are fantastic, but the timing is not right,” Marsch said.
US Soccer recently hired Southampton director of football operations Matt Crocker as its sporting director. The connection between Southampton courting Marsch and Crocker’s hire has many lines with Marsch as the next US men’s manager.
Marsch was an assistant on Bob Bradley’s USMNT staff at the World Cup in 2010 and is familiar with a number of USMNT players, including Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Brenden Aaronson, all of whom he coached at Leeds and elsewhere.
US Soccer leaders say they hope to have a coach in place by the end of the summer.
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