Montreal names Marsch coach for 2012

The Montreal Impact, scheduled to join Major League Soccer as an expansion team in 2012, has named MLS original Jesse March its head coach for next season.

Marsch, 37, was an assistant coach under former U.S. national team manager Bob Bradley, who was recently replaced by Jurgen Klinsmann. He will take his first head coaching role with the Impact, who currently play in the NASL.

He started his playing career with D.C. United in 1996 and won consecutive MLS Cups, then joined the Chicago Fire in 1998 and won a third straight crown. He played 14 seasons with United, the Fire and Chivas USA.

When he retired in 2009, Marsch - one of only three players to appear in each of MLS's first 14 seasons - had also won four U.S. Open Cup championships. In addition to 321 in MLS matches, he played two games for the U.S.