Many U.S. Soccer fans learned that American manager and ex-Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch attended Ivy League college Princeton. Fans discovered this after Marsch was spotted in the crowd of Princeton’s March Madness game against Creighton Friday night.
Marsch played for Princeton’s soccer team from 1992 to 1995 and was an All-American.
After being let go as Leeds’ manager on Feb. 6, the American returned to the States to take in some college hoops on Friday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Yes, that is the real name of the arena.
I have to tip my hat to the crew showing the Princeton-Creighton game. There’s so much behind the scenes work that goes into directing and producing live sports. The crew was able to locate Marsch in the crowd and made sure to show him on camera while broadcaster Ian Eagle did an ad read for CBS’ Golazo! network.
It looks simple on TV, but this is so well done.
Jesse Marsch March Madness cameo
Here's famed college basketball broadcaster Ian Eagle reading an ad for the @CBSSportsGolazo network during the Creighton-Princeton men's #MarchMadness game.And Eagle gives @jessemarsch a shoutout for his Leeds tenure as the cameras focus on the Princeton alum:#LUFC #MOT pic.twitter.com/n9FyBvrD2k
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) March 25, 2023
Jesse Marsch is in the house to support @PrincetonMBB @FOXSoccer pic.twitter.com/ht42JlngdL— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) March 25, 2023
USMNT Twitter loved the guest appearance from Marsch. Here were some of the best reactions.
Lol Jesse Marsch is at Princeton / Creighton.What a weird day.#USMNT
— Trey Mongrue (@TreyMongrue) March 25, 2023
Of course there's an insane back-and-forth game with no actual tactical theme and Jesse Marsch is there.— Ivan Bologna (@PV_GIA) March 25, 2023
Jesse Marsch at the Princeton basketball game is so rad.— Steve B (@skubasteve4) March 25, 2023
JESSE MARSCH AT THE FUCKING SWEET SIXTEEN??? HE WENT TO PRINCETON????— Deuce McBride Enthusiast (@deuce_enthused) March 25, 2023
JESSE MARSCH AT THE PRINCETON GAME LMAO— Sad MSU Fan (@BoltUpDerwin) March 25, 2023
Jesse Marsch is gonna have Princeton gegenpressing at the under-four timeout.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 25, 2023
Princeton, a 15 seed in the tournament, saw their Cinderella run end in the Sweet 16 with an 86-75 defeat to Creighton.
As for Marsch it’s unclear where his next coaching gig will be. Some USMNT fans hope his future lies with the national team.