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Canada hires American Jesse Marsch as next men’s soccer coach – NBC New York

American Jesse Marsch was hired on Monday as coach of the Canadian national football team and signed a contract until the 2026 World Cup.

The 50-year-old takes over Canada ahead of the Copa America, where Canada will play defending champion Argentina in the tournament opener on June 20. Marsch replaced John Herdman, who left last year to become coach of Toronto in Major League Soccer. Assistant Mauro Biello had served as interim coach.

Canada automatically has a World Cup berth as co-host, along with the United States and Mexico. The Canadians reached the World Cup in 2022 for the first time since 1986, losing 0-3 to Belgium, Croatia and Morocco.

The Canada Soccer Association said the owners of the three Canadian MLS teams (Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver) made a financial contribution that made Marsch’s recruitment possible.

After playing for Princeton and then DC, Chicago and Chivas USA in the MLS, Marsch became an assistant for the U.S. National Team under Bob Bradley in 2010-2011 and then became the first head coach of MLS’s Montreal Impact (2011-2012).

He coached the New York Red Bulls (2015-18), Red Bull Salzburg (2019-21), RB Leipzig (2021) and Leeds (2022-23).