Former FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls midfielder Dave van den Bergh was at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night to be honored as part of the New York franchise's all-time best XI. It was meant as a nice nod to the Dutchman's past with the club.
But at the same time questions swirled about his possible future there.
Van den Bergh, who spent two seasons in New York and was instrumental in the side's playoff run to the 2008 MLS Cup final, was released earlier this week.
"If they would offer me a contract, I'd be interested," van den Bergh told MLSsoccer.com at halftime of the Red Bulls' 1-0 victory over Chicago. "This is a team I have a lot of heart for."
Van den Bergh refused say whether he has had any talks with the Red Bulls, simply stating that he holds "interest in a lot of things." But he did declare that is definitely not retired and looks forward to playing again. The 33-year-old scored nine goals in 55 games for New York before an off-season trade sent him to Dallas. The crowd at Red Bull Arena greeted him warmly when his name was announced during the pre-game festivities.
"I didn't want to leave here," van den Bergh said. "But that is behind us."