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New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch shoots down Leipzig rumors

 

HANOVER, N.J. — The Red Bulls shuttle from New York to Leipzig isn’t quite ready to depart.

Despite reports from Germany that claim a deal for both New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch and midfielder Tyler Adams are in the works, Marsch said Wednesday that isn’t true.

He said he isn’t currently in discussions with Red Bull Leipzig, although he is reportedly a favorite for the job vacated by Ralph Hasenhuttl.

“My total focus is here,” he said after training Wednesday.

Marsch has been frank about his ambition to coach in Europe in the future and is working toward getting his UEFA license. He thinks that’s perhaps where the rumors originated.

“I talked openly about at some point having the ambition to move on to coach in Europe, but right now I’m here and literally there’s no plan for me to go anywhere,” he said.

Adams has also been linked with a move to Leipzig, perhaps as early as the upcoming summer transfer window. While Marsch didn’t shoot down the possibility of a transfer to Leipzig for the talented 19-year-old, he said there’s been no talks about a move before the end of the current MLS season.

“The whole goal for him is to be here through the year,” Marsch said. “There’s really no discussions other than that. Then there’s possibilities I think in the future in many different ways. But the goal and the thought right now is he’s here through the year.”

Adams had an injury scare Sunday when he subbed out in the second half of the Red Bulls 3-1 win over Atlanta United with swelling on the outside of his right knee. Marsch at the time said taking Adams out of the game was precautionary and on Wednesday Adams was training with his teammates.

“They think it’s a combination potentially of a quad contusion where the swelling went down to the knee to possibly just the turf, but it’s nothing symptomatic of anything structural,” Marsch said. “It’s just a little collection of swelling, which gave him a little scare, but he’s good.”

Also good is Kemar Lawrence, who spent Sunday night in an Atlanta-area hospital for observation after what appeared to be a scary head injury late in the second half. The Jamaican international, who was stretchered off the field, was given Wednesday off by doctors, but Marsch said he expects Lawrence to train fully on Thursday and could be available for selection Saturday against the Philadelphia Union.

“Kemar’s good,” Marsch said. “He’s done a ton of testing, which is one of the reasons they gave him off [today] because they treated him like a lab rat for two days just to make sure everything is ok, but everything is great. He’ll be in training full tomorrow and he should be ready for the weekend.”

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