Dave van den Bergh at a Glance:
- Joined Revolution staff in July 2019 and brings more than a decade of coaching experience in MLS and across multiple roles in the U.S. Youth National Team system.
- Previously served as head coach of the Under-19 and Under-15 national teams, and as an assistant for the Under-20 side, including at the 2019 FIFA U-20 Men’s World Cup in Poland.
- Enjoyed a decorated playing career across 16 seasons from 1995-2009, featuring extensively in the Dutch Eredivisie, La Liga, and Major League Soccer.
- Played under Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena with New York Red Bulls in 2007.
- Amsterdam native developed in AFC Ajax youth program and played under Louis van Gaal with hometown team.
Dave van den Bergh is entering his third season with the New England Revolution as an assistant coach, having joined the staff in July 2019 after nine years as a coach with various United States Youth National teams. In his first two seasons on New England's coaching staff, van den Bergh helped guide the Revolution to consecutive postseason berths and an appearance in the 2020 Eastern Conference Final.
Prior to joining the Revolution, the Amsterdam native most recently served as assistant coach for the United States Under-20 Men's National Team in 2019, his second stint in that role. In addition to working with the United States U-20 Men’s National Team in 2019, van den Bergh coached the U-20 team as an assistant from 2010-16. Between those two tenures, he helped the U-20s to consecutive Quarterfinal appearances in the 2015 and 2019 FIFA U-20 Men’s World Cups. Van den Bergh also served as head coach of the United States Under-19 team in 2018, and head coach of the Under-15 side from 2016-18. With the U-15s, he compiled an unbeaten 6-0-4 record.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, van den Bergh, 44, enjoyed a decorated playing career from 1995-2009, featuring extensively in the Dutch Eredivisie, La Liga, and Major League Soccer. Growing up in Amsterdam, he developed in the AFC Ajax youth program for 10 years, surrounded by notable Ajax Academy products, including Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf and former FC Barcelona standout Patrick Kluivert.
In 1995, van den Bergh signed with the Ajax first team, totaling 12 appearances across three seasons for his hometown club, including an Eredivisie league title in his debut season in 1995-96. Van den Bergh and Ajax also lifted the UEFA Super Cup in 1995, after defeating Spanish side Real Zaragoza, 5-1, on aggregate. The then-19-year-old also clinched a UEFA Champions League semifinals birth with the club under famed manager Louis van Gaal. During his stint with Ajax, he represented his country at the 1995 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
After a successful two-year stint in Holland, van den Bergh joined Segunda Division Spanish side Rayo Vallecano in Madrid. Over three seasons with the club, he logged 47 appearances and scored nine goals on the path to helping the club earn a promotion to La Liga’s Primera Division ahead of the 1999-2000 campaign. Van den Bergh and Los Vallecanos played to a 4-0 aggregate victory over CF Extremadura in the Promotion Playoffs to clinch a berth to La Liga’s Primera Division for the first time since 1997.
The attacker then transferred back to the Eredivisie with FC Utrecht, just one hour south of his hometown of Amsterdam. He would make 204 total appearances across all competitions, scoring 32 goals while tallying 32 assists in his time in Utrecht. In 2003, he was part of the Utrecht squad that defeated Feyenoord, 4-1, in the KNVB Dutch Cup—its second in club history. The team then won back-to-back domestic cup titles after defeating FC Twente, 1-0, in the 2004 edition of the KNVB Dutch Cup. Van den Bergh also helped secure the Johan Cruyff Shield for the Utrecht trophy case after defeating his former club Ajax, 4-2, at Amsterdam ArenA. Van den Bergh’s play at Utrecht earned him two call-ups with the Dutch National Team, including his international debut in 2004 in a 2–2 draw against Sweden.
After nearly a decade in Europe and over 16,000 minutes played at Utrecht, van den Bergh made a move to Major League Soccer, signing with the Kansas City Wizards in 2006. In Kansas City, he made 13 appearances, scored three goals, and recorded two assists before being traded to the New York Red Bulls in 2007 in exchange for a third-round draft pick in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. He joined the Red Bulls under Head Coach Bruce Arena and made 29 appearances, with two goals and eight assists in his debut season in New York. In two years with the club, he amassed 55 total appearances, scoring nine goals and tallying 13 assists.
Ahead of the 2009 season, the Red Bulls traded van den Bergh for forward Dominic Oduro and FC Dallas's second-round pick (selection #18) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He played all 30 games with FC Dallas and scored three goals while recording an MLS career-high 11 assists.
In 2010, the Dutch international became an assistant coach with the United States U-20 National Team and stayed Stateside after obtaining a U.S. Green Card in 2007. Van den Bergh and his wife, Alexie, have three children, Ryan, Max, and Sam.
Dave van den Bergh’s Coaching Background
New England Revolution (Assistant Coach): 2019-Present
United States U-20 National Team (Assistant Coach): 2019
United States U-19 National Team (Head Coach): 2018
United States U-15 National Team (Head Coach): 2016-18
United States U-20 National Team (Assistant Coach): 2010-16