Report: Jesse Marsch getting Red Bull promotion, from NY to Salzburg

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Just like that time 19-year-old you got promoted from sales associate to shift manager at the same store/company, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has earned himself a gigantic, career- and life-changing promotion.

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According to a report on, Marsch is currently in Europe meeting with Red Bull executives with an eye toward naming the 43-year-old American the next head man in charge at Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg (Red Bull also own and operate RB Leipzig in Germany).

While the Salzburg job isn’t technically available as of this posting, current manager Oscar Garcia has been linked with various jobs around Europe. Marsch has been wildly successful in his two seasons as Red Bulls head coach, finishing top of the Eastern Conference (regular season) in 2015 and 2016. According to the report, assistant coaches Chris Armas and Denis Hamlett top the list of candidates to replace Marsch.

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The widely assumed hierarchy ranks as follows: Leipzig is the crown jewel; Salzburg was the original, but in a growth-limited country; and New York is the long-term investment in a growing league, and one of the world’s most desirable cities. That puts Marsch just one step away from the top job.

Unless the U.S. national team comes calling first, after the 2018 World Cup.