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Former Chivas USA captain Jesse Marsch, who retired as a player to join mentor Bob Bradley's U.S. national team staff, has pulled a pretty plum first head-coaching gig.
Marsch, 37, who lives in Manhattan Beach, will be the Montreal Impact's head coach when it joins Major League Soccer next season, the club announced Wednesday. The Impact is playing this season in the second-tier North American Soccer League.
The former midfielder, who played for Bradley at Princeton, with the Chicago Fire and in 2006-09 with Chivas USA, joined the U.S. coaching staff following the 2009 MLS season and was on staff at last year's World Cup in South Africa.
Bradley was dismissed last month as U.S. coach and is interviewing this week for Egypt's vacant coaching post.
“It’s a great opportunity to establish something special,” Marsch, who interviewed last year with Chivas USA before Robin Fraser was hired as Goats head coach, told the Impact's website. “There are good soccer people in this organization that are committed to doing things the right way. My time in MLS and with the U.S. national team exposed me to this game at the highest level. We will be committed to the process of becoming a winning team.”