Impact hire new coach

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 1/7/2013 8:10:00 AM

If the Impact need a more international flare on the sideline, they've found it.

Marco Schällibaum is the new coach of IMFC heading into Year 2 of MLS, confirmed by the club with a Monday morning communique.

The 50-year old Swiss league coaching veteran has most recently worked with FIFA in countries ranging from Qatar to Mongolia.

Schällibaum replaces Jesse Marsch, who very nearly led the Impact into the playoffs in his rookie season as a head coach, the Impact's debut in Major League Soccer.

"We are very happy to announce the hiring of Marco as our new head coach for the club's second season in MLS," declared Impact president Joey Saputo. "It's the culmination of a long and exhaustive process. From the very first meeting, both parties felt comfortable with one another."

"We are confident that Marco will help us succeed," added sporting director Nick De Santis. "He has a lot of experience at a very high level and has acquired a lot of knowledge over the years. Over the different meetings, we felt a real desire on his part to come to MLS and to this club. With the rest of the technical staff, we will put him in the best situation possible in order to help him adapt quickly to the reality of North America. He is also very passionate about the game and is an excellent communicator that speaks a number of languages."

You'll hear the new coach on CJAD Tuesday afternoon, after he's introduced at an afternoon news conference.

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