Canada, Argentina's rival in the opening match of the Copa America, announces a new coach Football | Sports

American Jesse Marsh announced on Monday his appointment as the new coach of the Canadian national team, Argentina's rival in the opening match of the upcoming Copa America tournament.

The Canadian Soccer Association (Canada Soccer) said in a statement, “Marsh joins immediately with a contract until the end of July 2026.”

In this way, the coach will lead the North American national team in the Copa America Championship, which will open next June 20 against defending champion Argentina in Atlanta. Canada will also face Peru and Chile in Group A of the tournament.

Marsh's contract also covers the 2025 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2026 World Cup, which Canada will co-host with the United States and Mexico.

Marsh, 50, has been without a team since being sacked by English club Leeds United in February 2023.

“This team will interest the entire Canadian community. We will play with strength and inspiration and we will do our best (…). I’m excited to get started,” the coach said in a video clip in which he spoke by phone with Kevin Blue, Secretary General of the Canadian Football Association.

The two-time Austrian League title-winning coach will take over at the helm of Salzburg, succeeding Argentine Marcelo Bielsa as coach of Leeds United in February 2022. After saving the team from relegation that season, Marsh was dismissed in February 2023 when Leeds was approaching the last positions.

Marsh, a three-time MLS champion as a player, was one of the leading candidates for the United States coach position last year, in a process in which the US Soccer Federation chose to reappoint Gregg Berhalter.

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Led by one of the best generations in its history, led by Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Canada has recently returned to major international stages.

In 2022, the North American national team will compete in the World Cup for the first time in 36 years under the leadership of Englishman John Herdman, who resigned from the bench last August to become coach of the American League team Toronto FC. (Dr)

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