Bruce Arena’s tenure at the helm of the New England Revolution carries shades of New York Red Bulls. After hiring former Red Bulls assistant coach, Richie Williams, a few weeks ago, Arena hired another prominent RBNY figure.
Dave van den Bergh joined the Red Bulls in 2007 following a season at Kansas City with the Wizards. The dutchman patrolled the Red Bulls left flank for two seasons, 2007 and 2008. During his time in New York, van den Bergh notched 10 goals and 13 assists in all competitions. Van den Bergh is best remembered for scoring the winner against Real Salt Lake in the 2008 Western Conference final.
After helping lead the Red Bulls to the 2008 MLS Cup, van den Bergh was traded to FC Dallas by Arena’s replacement, Juan Carlos Osorio.
Since retiring at the end of the 2009 season, van den Bergh has played a big role in the U.S. Youth National Team program. He spent time as an assistant and head coach at the U-15, U-17, and U-19 levels.
“Dave’s blend of experience playing in MLS and Europe, and coaching throughout the United States Youth National Team system, will serve him exceptionally well as an assistant coach here in New England,” Revolution Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena said. “We have a relationship dating back more than a decade, and I’m looking forward to seeing Dave bring his acumen, work ethic, and passion for the game to our staff.”Revolution Hire Dave van den Bergh as Assistant Coach