February 1, 2017
MARSCH ON THE DAX DEAL
Report: 'Professionally it was a decision as a club that we all felt we needed to make'
For the first time since his standout midfielder was traded to the Chicago Fire, Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch admitted he had some reservations about the way the deal went down.
|Jesse Marsch on Dax McCarty (above): ďI donít think that the trade and the way it happened honored the relationship that I had with Dax, and the relationship the club had with Dax, and thatís the unfortunate part."
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The Red Bulls dealt the veteran central mid and team captain to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in allocation money Jan. 16.
"Professionally it was a decision as a club that we all felt we needed to make,Ē Marsch said.
McCarty said he was blind-sided by the trade, which left a bad taste in his mouth.
Marsch understood McCarty's emotions and feelings.
ďI donít think that the trade and the way it happened honored the relationship that I had with Dax, and the relationship the club had with Dax, and thatís the unfortunate part,Ē he said told FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio. ďWhen you look around the world when transfers are made, players have to agree to it and then thereís more control of what you do and where you go. Here it doesnít work that way. Thatís just the flat-out reality of our business ..."
Marsch wasn't finished about the 29-year-old McCarty, who was an MLS Best XI selection in 2015.
ďI wish the circumstances wouldíve been different, everything from the timing around his wedding, to the manner in which it caught him by surprise," Marsch said. "Yeah, I wish that there was a world we lived in that didnít put him in that situation. Iíll take responsibility for it and I know that Dax harbors ill will about it and frustration, and I understand that. Itís an incredibly awful situation that he and I may never really have the relationship that we once had. As a coach, I value the relationship with my players, especially my most important ones, and I put a lot into my relationship with Dax and it saddens me, it truly saddens me. But professionally it was a decision as a club that we all felt we needed to make.Ē
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