While Santi’s dive — post forthcoming — is occupying most of the bandwidth this morning, some strange news has emerged out of the Toronto FC camp.

Via Patrick Friolet:

Jesse Marsch had received an offer to lead Toronto FC in the MLS. The former coach of the Montreal Impact has met with leaders of the training Toronto, who are very interested in his services.

For the moment, Paul Mariner is still the head coach, but behind the scenes, it seems that Kevin Payne has approached Marsch. Payne is the president and general manager of the club since the end of November and is a good friend of Bob Bradley, with whom Jesse Marsch, a native of Wisconsin, has worked for the U.S. team. Bradley would have recommended the 39 year old man for the job.

CSN’s Ben Rycroft has more:


After Kevin Payne lauded the efforts of Paul Mariner during his press availability the past week(s), this morning’s jolt comes as a bit of a shocker. Again, nothing is confirmed and the fact Marsch has multiple offers should be taken into consideration. We’ll update this story as more news becomes available. Never a dull moment with this club.