Sergiño Dest

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Sergiño Dest
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Dest with the United States U20 in 2019
Personal information
Full name Sergiño Gianni Dest[1]
Date of birth (2000-11-03) November 3, 2000 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Almere, Netherlands[2]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[3]
Position(s) Full-back
Club information
Current team
AC Milan (on loan from Barcelona)
Number 21
Youth career
2009–2012 Almere City
2012–2018 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2020 Jong Ajax 18 (1)
2019–2020 Ajax 23 (0)
2020– Barcelona 51 (2)
2022–AC Milan (loan) 8 (0)
International career
2016–2017 United States U17 5 (0)
2018–2019 United States U20 12 (1)
2019– United States 23 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of January 24, 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of December 3, 2022

Sergiño Gianni Dest (born November 3, 2000) is a professional soccer player who plays as a full-back for Serie A club AC Milan, on loan from La Liga club Barcelona, and the United States national team.

Born in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and Surinamese-American father, Dest has represented the United States internationally at senior level since 2019.

Early life[edit]

Born in the Netherlands to a Surinamese-American father and a Dutch mother, Dest played for the youth academy of Almere City until 2012, when he moved to the Ajax youth academy. Initially a forward, he progressed through the ranks of the club until making the switch to a full-back.[4]

Club career[edit]

Ajax[edit]

Dest debuted for Jong Ajax on October 15, 2018, in a 2–1 loss against Jong PSV. Dest impressed over the course of the 2018–19 season, making 18 appearances in the Dutch Eerste Divisie and tallying one goal and two assists.[5] He also scored one goal and provided one assist in seven appearances in the prestigious UEFA Youth League.[5]

On July 27, 2019, Dest made his debut for the Ajax first team in an official game when he started the 2019 Johan Cruyff Shield match against rivals PSV Eindhoven.[5] Ajax won the match 2–0 and claimed the trophy.[6] On August 10, 2019, Dest debuted in the Eredivisie, replacing Noussair Mazraoui in the 54th minute of Ajax's 5–0 home win against FC Emmen.[7] He also appeared as a substitute in qualifying matches for the UEFA Champions League against PAOK and APOEL. In September, Dest was officially promoted to the Ajax first-team squad. On September 17, 2019, he made his first start in the Champions League against Lille OSC, a match which Ajax won 3–0.[8] Dest finished his first senior season with 35 appearances in which he scored two goals—both in a KNVB Cup fixture against Telstar.[9][10]

Barcelona[edit]

On October 1, 2020, Dest transferred to Barcelona for an initial €21 million fee plus a further €5 million in variables. He signed a five-year contract with the club with a buyout clause set at €400 million.[4] Dest made his debut for Barcelona on October 4, coming on as a 75th minute substitute for Jordi Alba in a 1–1 draw against Sevilla.[11] With the appearance, Dest became the first American to appear for Barcelona in La Liga.[12] On October 20, he became the first American to play for Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League match.[13] Later that month, Dest set another milestone, becoming the first American to play in El Clásico; Barcelona fell to a 1–3 defeat to rivals Real Madrid but Dest's performance in the match was praised.[14] On November 24, 2020, Dest scored his first goal for Barcelona in a 4–0 away win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League group stage.[15] In doing so, Dest became the first American to score a professional goal for the club.[16] On March 21, 2021, he scored a brace in a 6–1 away win over Real Sociedad.[17]

Dest playing for Barcelona in 2021

Loan to AC Milan[edit]

On September 1, 2022, Dest signed for Serie A club AC Milan on a one-year loan with option to buy for €20 million.[18][19]

International career[edit]

Dest has dual nationality making him eligible to play for either the United States or the Netherlands and ultimately chose to play for the United States' senior national team.[20] Dest has represented the United States at youth and full international level. He played five games in total for the United States under-17 team, including four appearances at the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.[21][22] He represented the United States under-20 team at the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, where he played four matches.[23] In total, he made 12 appearances and scored one goal for the under-20 team.[21]

Dest made his senior debut for the United States on September 6, 2019, starting and playing 68 minutes in a 3–0 friendly loss against Mexico.[24] Dest chose to commit his international future to the United States at the senior level on October 28, 2019.[25] He was included in the United States' 26-man roster for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.[26][27]

During the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Dest provided the assist for Christian Pulisic's winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Iran, which sent the United States into the Round of 16. In that next game against Netherlands (his birth nation), he was culpable in leaving too much space for Daley Blind to score the second Dutch goal in a 3–1 defeat for the US.[28]

Style of play[edit]

Dest combines many key qualities needed in a full-back, including strong attacking prowess, solid defensive play, and being excellent in possession. He has the ability to take players on and his pace is a virtue going forward and defending.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played January 24, 2023[9]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Jong Ajax 2018–19 Eerste Divisie 17 1 17 1
2019–20 Eerste Divisie 1 0 1 0
Total 18 1 18 1
Ajax 2019–20 Eredivisie 20 0 4 2 10[b] 0 1[c] 0 35 2
2020–21 Eredivisie 3 0 3 0
Total 23 0 4 2 10 0 1 0 38 2
Barcelona 2020–21 La Liga 30 2 3 0 7[d] 1 1[e] 0 41 3
2021–22 La Liga 21 0 1 0 9[f] 0 0 0 31 0
Total 51 2 4 0 16 1 1 0 72 3
AC Milan (loan) 2022–23 Serie A 8 0 1 0 4[d] 0 1[g] 0 14 0
Career total 100 3 9 2 30 1 3 0 142 6
  1. ^ Includes KNVB Cup, Copa del Rey and Coppa Italia
  2. ^ Eight appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance in Supercopa de España
  6. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, five appearances in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana

International[edit]

As of match played December 3, 2022[29]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
United States 2019 3 0
2020 2 0
2021 10 2
2022 8 0
Total 23 2
Scores and results list United States' goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Dest goal.[29]
List of international goals scored by Sergiño Dest
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 March 25, 2021 Stadion Wiener Neustadt, Wiener Neustadt, Austria 6  Jamaica 1–0 4–1 Friendly
2 October 13, 2021 Lower.com Field, Columbus, United States 15  Costa Rica 1–1 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honors[edit]

Ajax

Barcelona

United States U20

United States

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 21 de noviembre de 2020, en Madrid" [Minutes of the Match held on 21 November 2020, in Madrid] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Sergiño Dest". US Soccer. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Sergiño Dest". FC Barcelona. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Agreement with Ajax for transfer of Sergiño Dest". fcbarcelona.com. FC Barcelona. October 1, 2020. Archived from the original on October 1, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "18-Year-Old American Sergiño Dest Goes Full 90 In Ajax Senior Debut". The 18. July 28, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Ajax vs. PSV 2 - 0". Soccerway.com. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ajax 5 - 0 Emmen". Soccerway.com. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "Ajax – LOSC 2020 History". UEFA. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Sergiño Dest". Soccerway. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  10. ^ "Watch: USMNT's Sergiño Dest Scores Two Goals for Ajax". Sports Illustrated. December 18, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  11. ^ Marsden, Sam (October 4, 2020). "Barcelona debutant Sergino Dest happy to play on left or right for Koeman". ESPN. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  12. ^ "Sergiño Dest Makes Debut for Barcelona as First American Player". Sports Illustrated. October 4, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  13. ^ "Barcelona vs. Ferencvaros on CBS All Access: Live stream UEFA Champions League, how to watch on TV, info". CBSSports.com. October 20, 2020.
  14. ^ "Sergino Dest impressive in historic El Clasico appearance". SBI Soccer. October 24, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  15. ^ "Dynamo Kyiv 0–4 Barcelona". BBC Sport. November 24, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "Sergiño Dest Scores in Champions League for Barcelona; Konrad Makes Club Debut". Sports Illustrated. November 24, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  17. ^ "USMNT's Sergiño Dest Scores Two Goals for Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad". Sports Illustrated. March 21, 2021.
  18. ^ "Sergiño Dest joins AC Milan: official statement". AC Milan. Retrieved September 2, 2022.
  19. ^ "USMNT star Dest leaves Barcelona to join AC Milan on loan | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved September 2, 2022.
  20. ^ "Dest chooses to play for US over Netherlands". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  21. ^ a b "S. Dest". besoccer.com. Retrieved August 30, 2022.
  22. ^ "ASN: Sergino Dest, 16, Is Opening Eyes at the U-17 World Cup". americansoccernow.com.
  23. ^ "United States U20 Scoring Squad". ESPN.
  24. ^ "Dest debuts against Mexico as US makes 6 changes". sports.yahoo.com.
  25. ^ "Sergino Dest chooses United States over Netherlands | MLSSoccer.com". mlssoccer.
  26. ^ Dest, Sergiño. "A dream come true to be called up for my first World Cup! I will give everything for the country! Let's goooo!". Twitter. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  27. ^ "Berhalter Names 26 Player USMNT Roster For 2022 FIFA World Cup". www.ussoccer.com. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  28. ^ Three takeaways as USA suffer World Cup exit against Netherlands, Matthew Doyle, Major League Soccer website. December 3, 2022.
  29. ^ a b "Sergiño Dest". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved December 4, 2022.
  30. ^ Lowe, Sid (April 17, 2021). "Messi stars as Barcelona thrash Athletic Bilbao to lift Copa del Rey". The Guardian. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  31. ^ "TSG announces the 2018 CU20 Best XI". CONCACAF.com. November 21, 2018.
  32. ^ "Christian Pulisic, Ethan Horvath lead U.S. over Mexico in Nations League final". ESPN. June 6, 2021. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  33. ^ "TSG announces the 2018 CU20 individual awards". CONCACAF. November 21, 2018.
  34. ^ "Sergiño Dest, Brianna Pinto and Nick Mayhugh Win 2019 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Honors for Young Male, Young Female and Player With a Disability". USSF. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  35. ^ "Ajax roept Ziyech uit tot Speler van het Jaar; Dest talent van het jaar". Ajaxfanatics.nl. May 15, 2020.
  36. ^ "IFFHS". www.iffhs.com.

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