Former MLS midfielder Dave van den Bergh named coach of US U-15 boys' national team

US Soccer announced on Monday that they’ve appointed former Kansas City, New York Red Bulls and Dallas midfielder Dave van den Bergh head coach of the Under-15 boys’ national team.

Originally from Amsterdam, van den Bergh began his pro career in 1995 with Dutch powerhouse Ajax. He moved to Spain in 1997, helping Rayo Vallecano earn promotion to La Liga before eventually returning to the Netherlands with FC Utrecht in 2000.

He moved to MLS in June 2006, when he signed with the Kansas City Wizards. He spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Red Bulls, scoring the game-winning goal in the 2008 Western Conference Final against Real Salt Lake to propel New York to MLS Cup. He was traded to FC Dallas prior to the 2009 season. In total, he recorded 15 goals and 26 assists in 98 regular season MLS appearances.

Twice capped by the Netherlands’ senior national team, van den Bergh will continue his duties as a Development Academy technical advisor while taking the reins of the U-15s. He previously served as an assistant for the Under-20 men’s national team.