A Jesse Marsch team accomplished something that he wasn’t able to achieve in United States.
It won a championship.
Red Bull Salzburg captured the Austrian Cup thanks to a 5-0 triumph over second-tier foes Austria Lustenau in Klagenfurt, Austria. It was Salzburg’s first piece of silverware.
Marsch became the first born and raised American coach to claim a European title. Marsch, who coached the Red Bulls in Major League Soccer during his tenure with the club (2015-18), never won an MLS Cup as a coach.
“It feels good to win this trophy,” Marsch said. “Our boys put so much in during the lockdown. I am very proud of them. We can enjoy this evening and the honor. Now we have the league, which we want to win too of course.”
Soccer resumed in Austria on Friday following the COVID-19 pandemic as the season has been on hold since March.
Hungarian se Dominik Szoboszlai gave Salzburg the lead in the 19th minute in a game that was played without spectators at Worthersee Stadion.
A Dominik Stumberger own goal doubled Salzburg’s advantage before the half. Noah Okafor, Majeed Ashimeru and Sekou Koita added goals in the second half.
Salzburg adhered social-distancing rules as they hoisted aloft their seventh Austrian Cup.
“It feels good to win this trophy,” Marsch said. “Our boys put so much in during the lockdown. I am very proud of them. We can enjoy this evening and the honour. Now we have the league, which we want to win too of course.”
Austria’s Bundesliga is set to resume on Tuesday.