Former Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch recently told MLSsoccer.com that he’d like another shot to lead a MLS team, and he just might get his chance in Vancouver.
The Province reported on Thursday that the 40-year-old Marsch recently interviewed with the Whitecaps, who parted ways with former head coach Martin Rennie after two seasons when they fell short of the playoffs this past season.
Marsch was the head coach of the Montreal Impact during their expansion season in 2012, but parted ways with the club after just one season on the job. He also served as an assistant coach on former US national team coach Bob Bradley's staff during the World Cup in 2010.
“I’m patiently waiting to take another shot [in MLS],” Marsch told MLSsoccer.com’s Jeff Bradley in August after a returned from a six-month backpacking adventure around the world with his family.
“I feel I’m a good fit for what goes on in the league. I trust my leadership style, and I think what we did during my one year in Montreal shows I have a pretty good overall sense of what the league is all about and what it takes to be successful.”
When contacted by MLSsoccer.com, Vancouver declined to comment publicly on the number of individuals interviewed or their identities.
Marsch, who has also been linked to the New York FC job and reportedly interviewed for the Columbus Crew position before they decided on Gregg Barhalter, led the Impact to a 12-16-6 record in their 2012 expansion season. He departed after one year, citing “differences in philosophy.”
He’s currently working as a volunteer assistant coach at Princeton University, his alma mater.