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Jesse Marsch named new Canada men’s national soccer team head coach

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Jesse Marsch was announced as Canada’s new men’s national soccer team head coach Monday.

The contract is set to last through World Cup 2026, which Canada is co-hosting with Mexico and the United States.

The 50-year-old American, who has previously coach for Leeds United, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg, will take on managing duties immediately. Canada has two friendlies in Europe in early June against France and Netherlands, before traveling to the United States to take part in 2024 Copa America. Canada opens that tournament against world champions Argentina in Atlanta June 20.

“It is an absolute honour to represent and lead the Canadian Men’s National Team in our preparation for a home World Cup,” said Marsch via a statement Monday. “The combination of the new leadership inside of Canada Soccer coupled with the potential of this dynamic player pool has inspired me, and I am ready and eager to take on this massive responsibility.

“My excitement and anticipation to get started are immense. One of my main goals will be to help unite the soccer community in Canada to support our efforts to be successful on and off the pitch.”

Result of extensive search

The appointment comes after months of uncertainty after previous permanent national team coach John Herdman departed for Toronto FC in August of 2023. Since then Mauro Biello has been serving as caretaker manager.

“After extensive consultation with expert stakeholders and a rigorous search process, I am delighted to make today’s announcement,” said Kevin Blue, CEO & General Secretary, Canada Soccer. “Jesse is a transformational leader who will drive progress for our men’s national team – and for Canadian soccer more broadly – as we enter the most important time in the domestic history of our sport.

“He’s been a successful manager at the highest levels of global football, helped advance a Concacaf nation out of the group stage at the FIFA World Cup, and is an experienced builder who will make a significant impact on the landscape of our sport. I’m excited to welcome him back to Canada.”

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Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and web communications professional. He covers Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League and Canada's national teams. He has also worked on assignment at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

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