Marsch calls McCarty trade “unfortunate”



New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch spoke with FourFourTwo about the Dax McCarty trade, giving his insight on a situation he labels “unfortunate.”

“I don’t think that the trade and the way it happened honored the relationship I had with Dax,” said Marsch. “When you look around the world when transfers are made, players have to agree to it and then there’s more control of what you do and where you want to go. Here it doesn’t work that way. That’s just the flat out reality of our business.”

McCarty was the longest tenured player on the Red Bulls and had served as team captain for two seasons. After joining the team in 2011, McCarty played a pivotal role in bringing the first major trophies to the team, including two Supporters Shield wins in 2013 and 2015.

For that, the 29-year-old received an abrupt and swift departure, learning of the trade while in training camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

“I wish the circumstances would have been different,” said Marsch. “Everything from the timing around his wedding, to the manner in which it caught him by surprise. I wish there was a world we lived in that didn’t put him in that situation. I’ll take responsibility for it and I know Dax harbors ill will about it and frustration, and I understand that.”

Last month, rumors abound that Jesse Marsch would be leaving for a job at Red Bull Salzburg. That was followed up by rumors of the departure of Sporting Director Ali Curtis.  Marsch addressed that situation as well, echoing recent statements made by the club.

“For right now yes,” said Marsch when discussing whether the team’s front office structure was intact. “There’s been a statement about Ali and I’ll stick to that.”