- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Sergiño Dest is a star in the making. The right back turned 20 earlier this month, yet he’s producing on the world’s biggest stage.

Dest became the first U.S. men’s national team player to score for Barcelona on Tuesday, slotting home a goal during his team’s Champions League group stage match against Dynamo Kyiv. He’s the 10th American to score in the Champions League.

Barcelona signed Dest from Ajax in October for a deal worth around $24.6 million. He was the first American to sign for the club’s first team, although 19-year-old Konrad de la Fuente from Miami is coming through Barcelona’s youth academy, too.



Born to a Dutch mother and American father in the Netherlands, Dest has represented the United States internationally at the senior level since 2019. And he’s part of a young core of talented Americans in the national team, alongside Tyler Adams, Gio Reyna and Josh Sargent, among others.

The United States has long lagged behind the rest of the world when it comes to soccer. But Dest could help shepherd in change.

 

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