MIAMI, Florida – This Friday at 7:00 PM ET, Concacaf will be airing a re-broadcast of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal second leg between Atlanta United and Monterrey, followed by the 2016-17 SCCL quarterfinal second leg between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the New York Red Bulls. Both matches will be shown on Concacaf’s Facebook and YouTube pages, plus the Concacaf App.
The 2016-17 SCCL marked the beginning of a unique journey for Jesse Marsch. At the time, the Wisconsin native was the Head Coach of the New York Red Bulls and led the MLS side to a berth in the 2016-17 SCCL thanks to winning the Supporters’ Shield during the 2015 MLS season for the most points accumulated during the 2015 MLS regular season.
Marsch’s first match managing in international play came on August 3, 2016 when the Red Bulls opened Group F at home at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey versus Antigua GFC of Guatemala.
The Red Bulls would collect a 3-0 win that was the start of an unbeaten run through the group stage, with a 2W-2D-0L record, while outscoring opponents 5-1.
New York’s SCCL campaign came to a close in the quarterfinals against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but in the 2018 SCCL Marsch’s team was back and better than ever.
After defeating Honduran giants Olimpia 3-1 in the Round of 16, Marsch made history by becoming the first coach to lead an MLS team to victory in an SCCL knockout round match on Mexican soil, as the Red Bulls downed Club Tijuana 2-0 in the quarterfinal first leg in Tijuana.
After disposing of Club Tijuana 3-1 in the second leg at home, the Red Bulls went up against Chivas in the semifinals and were narrowly defeated 1-0 on aggregate.
Still, that international experience proved to be an asset for Marsch, who would later become the Head Coach of Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg.
Marsch then enjoyed the unique accomplishment of managing both in the SCCL and the UEFA Champions League, leading Red Bull Salzburg to a third-place finish in their group of the 2019-20 UCL, which included reigning European champions Liverpool.
Marsch’s star is on the rise and the international foundation formed in the SCCL will no doubt help lead to more success in the UCL.