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Jesse Marsh has been named to Canada's men's national soccer team through the 2026 World Cup


American Jesse Marsh was appointed coach of Canada's men's national soccer team on Monday and signed a contract through the 2026 World Cup.

The 50-year-old takes charge of Canada ahead of the Copa America, where Canada will play defending champions Argentina in the tournament's opening game on June 20. Marsh replaces John Hardman, who left last year to coach Toronto in Major League Soccer. Assistant Mauro Biello served as interim coach.

Canada has an automatic World Cup berth as co-hosts along with the United States and Mexico. The Canadians reached the World Cup in 2022 for the first time since 1986 and went 0-3 with losses to Belgium, Croatia and Morocco.

The Canadian Soccer Association said the owners of Canada's three MLS teams — Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver — made financial contributions that enabled Marsh's hiring.

After playing for Princeton and then DC, Chicago and Chivas USA in MLS, Marsh became an assistant with the US national team under Bob Bradley in 2010–11, then became the first head coach of MLS's Montreal Impact (2011–12).

He coached New York Red Bulls (2015–18), Red Bull Salzburg (2019–21), RB Leipzig (2021) and Leeds (2022–23).

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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