FOX call Leeds coach Jesse Marsch ‘the real Ted Lasso’ as he previews USA’s World Cup tie against Holland – after he infamously joked the TV show ‘hadn’t helped’ when he joined the Premier League team this year
FOX jokingly referred to Jesse Marsch as ‘the real Ted Lasso’ when the Leeds coach joined its news coverage on Saturday before the USA played Holland at the World Cup.
American coach Marsch is currently in England with Premier League side Leeds, where he signed two United States internationals in Tyler Adams and Brendan Aaronson.
As he joined FOX’s coverage ahead of a massive game for US soccer, he was referred to as the character of a show which won multiple Emmys in 2021. It chronicles an enthusiastic American coach trying to rally a struggling English team without initially knowing anything about soccer.
Jesse Marsch was called ‘the real Ted Lasso’ on FOX coverage before USA played Holland
Marsch previously said the show wouldn’t help him earn respect as an American soccer coach
Previously, Marsch admitted that the show did not help his reputation as he tried to reshape the reputation of American soccer in England.
‘I think there’s probably a stigma. I’m not sure ‘Ted Lasso’ helped. I haven’t watched the show, but I get it,’ Marsch said.
‘People hate hearing the word soccer – I’ve used the word football since I was a professional football player.
‘More and more in the States we’re adapting to what the game here is, and our connection to what this league is and what the sport is in this country.’
Marsch admitted that he was once invited to watch Ted Lasso filming in London but politely refused the offer.
‘They were filming in London and they gave me an invitation but it was in the middle of the relegation fight,’ Marsch told ESPN.
Marsch took over as Leeds coach in March – the Premier League’s only American coach
‘But I’m a huge Jason Sudekis fan and so any time I could be on set or see what’s going on, that would be awesome.
‘I haven’t (had time to watch it in the offseason). I’ve heard it’s a really great show, I’ve heard it’s inspiring and a lot of people love it. I’ll have to find some time to watch it.
‘It’s just about managing the way people speak about Americans in England and our sport. I think no one comes here if they’re afraid of what people might say.’
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