Jesse Marsch applauded CONCACAF’s quick efforts. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
With Alain Vigneault getting the axe as the Rangers coach Saturday night, that makes Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch as the man with the most seniority among professional coaches in the metropolitan area.
Marsch was named the Red Bulls head coach Jan. 7, 2015, a week before the Jets hired Todd Bowles.
In his fourth season in charge, Marsch is also the longest-tenured coach in club history.
Vigneault directed the Rangers for five National Hockey League seasons.
The Red Bulls host Chivas in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League series at Red Bull Arena Tuesday at 8 p.m ET.
In praise of CONCACAF
Marsch gave CONCACAF credit for coming to a decision handing Chivas defender Jair Pereira a two-game CCL suspension.
Pereira was suspended for an infraction that occurred in Chivas’s 1-0 home win over the Red Bulls in the first leg Wednesday night, the CONCACAF disciplinary committee ruled.
The committee reviewed an incident that took place in the 84th minute. Pereira was observed to commit an act of physical aggression against an opponent — grabbing the throat of Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis — while the ball was not in play.
“When we reached out to them, they were already on top of it,” Marsch said. “So really, I have to compliment CONCACAF to being expedient, to make a decision quickly, make the right decision.
“It’s one of the simplest processes that we’ve ever been involved in because they knew they needed to act quickly and they knew the decision they had to make and they made it clearly and we could move forward. My compliments to CONCACAF. I think everybody would agree it was the right thing to do.”
Getting an opportunity to play Chivas in Guadalajara can only help Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams, who has participated in the last three U.S. national team camps. He also has made three appearances for the national side since his first call up last November.
Adams said it was “really important.”
“I think having the CONCACAF experience I’ve had with these national teams, it’s very similar,” he added. “I’ve played in situations as hostile as that before. Now going forward with the senior national team I know I’ll be in situations with that, whether it’s CONCACAF qualifying, whether it’s the Gold Cup, whether its Olympic qualifying, anything I’ll be able to be involved in. You have to be ready for anything you will get.”
In praise of Zlatan
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a fan in Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.
“I think Zlatan’s an amazing player,” he said. “We’re fortunate to have him in this league. It’s good. Guys like me can learn, younger guys as well can learn off of him. It’s good to play against those kind of guys.
“His debut on the whole was unbelievable. I don’t think he could have written it any better in his first game in a jersey. And to score the winner is unbelievable.”