Former Fire midfielder announced his retirement today, putting an end to a 14-year MLS career that saw him play with the Fire from the club's inception in 1998 through 2005. Marsch, who won four trophies while with the Fire, will now join the U.S. National Team as an Assistant Coach for Bob Bradley -- whom Marsch played for while with Princeton, D.C. United, the Fire and Chivas USA.
"I would like to sincerely thank my family, friends, teammates, coaches and supporters for the past 14 excellent years," said Marsch. "Many people have touched my life in a very positive way, and these relationships have shaped and will continue to shape me and my family. I am excited to get started with U.S. Soccer, and I hope for continued success and support within the sport of soccer."
Marsch generated some buzz this offseason when he was interviewed by the Fire for their then-vacant head coaching position. I was always against hiring Marsch -- didn't think his playing style would translate well into an attacking brand of soccer -- but it's good to see he's landed on his feet with the National Team. Bob Bradley certainly isn't a bad coach to learn under.
Some reaction to the news from former-Fire players Chris Armas and Jim Curtin is after the jump...
**Chris Armas -- as told to the Chivas USA team blog**
"I have shared numerous games, training sessions, preseasons, and even Halloween costume parties over the course of many years with Jesse, and came to understand him as a person and a player. He had a great way with his teammates, knew how to be the life a party, and also know how to step on the field and lead by example. His career is one to be admired, one that saw steady growth until his very last game. I watched Jesse closely as a teammate and, in the last few years as an opponent, and I learned from him and appreciated him more than most did. Not only was he an incredible worker and reliable, he separated himself by being such a smart player and had a soccer brain that allowed him to see things early, and he made the players around him better. We were never on the same team in practice (I have the lumps to prove it) and I learned firsthand that he was hard to play against, always ready to compete. I wish Jesse and his wife Kim the sincerest congratulations on his wonderful career, so well deserved, and all the best moving forward."
**Jim Curtin -- as told to the Chivas USA team blog**
"I had privilege of playing with, and learning from Jesse for 7 years of my career. He's a winner in life. By that I mean the championships on the field, the family he has, and respect he commands. You truly have to be in locker room, and at training everyday to fully appreciate what he brings to a team. For me, he has had a Hall of Fame career, and I'm proud to have shared the field with him."
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