Jesse Marsch believes the United States will have a much tougher task against England at this World Cup than the one he attended in 2010.
Marsch was the backroom coach for Bob Bradley when the United States surprised the Three Lions with a 1-1 draw in South Africa’s first group game 12 years ago.
It was a tournament that England worked under Fabio Capello, even though starters included Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole, who made it through the group stage before being knocked out by Germany in the last 16.
Marsch, now working in the Premier League as Leeds boss, believes the incumbent team will have a much tougher task as they play against Gareth Southgate’s side on Friday.
“Going back to this team, Capello was the coach, they had amazing players like Lampard, Gerrard, Terry, Rooney, you could go up to the list of world superstars,” he said.
“They are smart enough not to underestimate anything. I think it was a combination of expectations, the fact that the team wasn’t in great shape, that led to them not doing well at the World Cup.
“We were very excited about that first game and knew if we could play well, we had a chance. Every moment is a little different.
“One of the things I really like about England right now is that I think Gareth Southgate has a way of doing things, he has players that fit the system he wants to play in and I think there are a lot of players playing at a high level . level.
“I think the task for the US this time is bigger than in 2010.”
The United States, which opened its tournament with a 1-1 draw with Wales on Monday, failed to qualify for Russia 2018, so Marsch doesn’t expect much from his country this time around, even if other people do.
But with MLS continuing to grow and stars like Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie playing for top clubs in Europe, Marsch warns that English football should be prepared for an American invasion.
“We’re stupidly optimistic in the United States,” he said. “We always think we can be the best and we expect to be the best, even in this sport where we clearly are not.
“But this is our arrogance. We expect to get out of the group and win a game or two, although those expectations are way too high considering where we are.
But the league has grown tremendously, the ratings in the MLS Cup have been the highest ever, and there are more and more teams in the second division.
“The sport is developing very dynamically. I know you don’t like hearing an American accent in England, but you may have to get used to it because I believe it’s inevitable.
“There’s a massive wave of what’s going on in sports in our country.”