Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Marsch on USMNT Missing 2018 World Cup

Jesse Marsch. Photo by Jason Schott.

Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch spoke after their game on Sunday about the United States Men's National Soccer Team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Marsch was on the United States coaching staff under Head Coach Bob Bradley in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Marsch spoke about USMNT player development and the role of the MLS teams in that, "Yeah, this is an interesting time in our sport in our country, isn't it. There's a lot of opinions flying around. We all feel incredibly sickened by not being in the World Cup.

"Certainly we have to take a look at, from a global perspective, how we develop talent, and then how we supplement that talent into the different levels of play, whether it's the first team, whether it's the youth national teams or whether it's the club teams.

"I can talk about what we believe in here, okay. What we believe in here is that, first of all, we work as a unit. We are all together, all the time. We're all-in; we're one team; we're one voice. That is the starting point, always, always.

"I don't care, you want to talk about details of player development, you want to talk about details of mentality or what it means to be on a national team or whatever else, but it starts with having unity within the organization, okay.

"Then we love our young players. We love our young players, and we love to develop them. We love to teach them to play our style. We like them to be aggressive. We want them to be rewarded for their aggression, for their commitment and you see that in our system, players develop, period, period.

"You could go back to the first year with Matt Miazga; you could go through Alex Muyl and Sean Davis; you could go through Aaron Long; you could go through Tyler Adams; you can look at the way that we use our second Red Bull II, you can look at the way we're forming our academy, right. And we believe in it wholeheartedly and this is our identity and we love it. We love who we are. We love committing to this all the way.

"I think it helps the players to know that there's an identity in place; that they can understand how they want to play. They also know that they have a chance. If you're a young player in this organization, you have a chance. You have a chance.

"So yeah, I think everybody here is excited about our identity and how we do things and I do think in the long run, we will benefit U.S. Soccer, because we will build young players, we will make them better, and ultimately then we'll put them to the test in their national stage, right. Can't wait to see Tyler Adams first cap, can't wait. Can't wait."

Marsch's name has been floated around as a candidate to be the new head coach of the United States team, and he said of whether he has any interest in the job, "Man, that's a loaded one (laughs). You know, listen, there's a few things about being the national team coach, all right. I learned from my time there that the responsibility to the sport in this country is massive when you're involved with the national team, and that's whether you're the equipment manager, whether you're the pr guy, whether you're the assistant captain coach and certainly whether you're the head coach.

"I loved being a part of it. I loved working my tail off to do everything we could to leave no stone uncovered so that, you know, we would empower that team and ultimately empower Bob when he was the coach to be successful and then when the lights came on on the biggest stage, to feel like we did everything we could to try to be the best that we could be.

"I think South Africa (2010 World Cup) was a real reflection of the spirit of the team; the way that team went after things when their backs were against the wall. The Slovenia game, the Algeria game; even the Ghana game when we went down and fought back and took it to overtime. So that's the part that I love the most, right.

"Now, it's important that when you're the national team coach that you're prepared to take on that role; that you're prepared for the big pressures; that you can handle big moments, all right.

"Right now, I'm focused on my team, my club and my personal development. You know, if I continue to put a lot into our project here, I think that there will be a lot of people within this organization that will be rewarded in big ways, and we have to, you know, continue to push towards championships.

"That's a long way of saying, you know, you never know, but I'm committed to doing whatever I can to help this sport in this country."


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