Midfielder Jesse Marsch, an MLS Original who played for the Chicago Fire from 1998 to 2005, has retired from Major League Soccer to take on a new position as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's national team.
Marsch concluded his 14-year MLS career with Chivas USA and now will be a part of USMNT coach Bob Bradley's crew as the team prepares for the FIFA World Cup later this year in South Africa.
"I have had the opportunity to work with Jesse for many years, and I believe the knowledge and experience he brings will be a great benefit to both the players and the coaching staff," Bradley said.
Bradley's ties with Marsch run deep, from Marsch's collegiate days in Princeton to his brief tenure at D.C. United when Bradley was an assistant, to the early years with the Fire, and then with Chivas in 2006.
The Racine, Wis., native was in the hunt for the Fire's head coach opening this offseason.
Goalkeeper coach trial: Some die-hard Fire fans probably are wondering why there still is a TBD next to the Fire's goalkeeper coach listing.
The man who could fill that role is Aron Hyde, a Birmingham, England, native who previously played at Judson College (now Judson University) in Elgin, Ill. His goals against average with Judson from 2003-04 was 0.77, and that mark currently is the seventh-lowest in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics history.
"I guess he's on a trial period. That is what [technical director] Frank [Klopas] told me," Fire goalkeeper Jon Busch said earlier this week. "I don't know how long that trial period is. It's none of my business. It is my business, but it isn't my business. My job, regardless of who it is, is to make sure that I'm ready for Opening Day. As I was once told, players are paid to play. They're not paid to think or ask questions."
Hyde previously helped with Seattle University's men's and women's programs as the goalkeeper coach for both squads.
If Hyde steps in, he would take the goalkeeper coach position previously held by Daryl Shore, who had been with the Fire since 2000.
PDL schedule announced: Chicago Fire Premier unveiled its 2010 Premier Development League schedule on Friday. The team's 16-game regular season starts on May 19 when Chicago hosts the Kalamazoo Outrage at 6 p.m. at Toyota Park.