Jesse Marsch almost took coaching role at $1million, winner-takes-all ‘The Soccer Tournament’ before accepting Canada job, ex-USMNT star reveals

Before accepting Canada’s offer to become its next men’s national team head coach, Jesse Marsch considered coaching a 7-on-7 side in a $1million winner-take-all tournament.

That’s according to his friend and (now former) podcast co-host Jimmy Conrad, who will suit up for Kwik Goal FC this week in The Soccer Tournament, a competition featuring scores of current and ex-pros across 48 teams.

‘So before he left to take the Canadian job, we asked him to coach here, our team,’ Conrad told reporters on Monday.

‘He was thinking about it, but I think he started to get hot and heavy with some offers, whether it was national team or at the club level.’

Marsch ultimately accepted the Canada job, and has a challenging summer ahead of him.

Jesse Marsch recently accepted the head coaching job with the Canadian men’s national team

Canada will take on the Netherlands and France in a pair of friendlies before playing Argentina, Peru and Chile in a loaded Copa America group.  

‘I think he’s gonna do great,’ said Conrad, who co-hosts the ‘Call it What You Want’ podcast for the CBS Sports Golazo Network (with Charlie Davies and previously) Marsch.

‘I think [Marsch] knows what he’s walking into, I think he’s a fantastic human and that will show in spades.’

More to follow.