In USMNT camp, Ajax’s Dest won’t commit beyond this month
Sergino Dest is with the United States men’s national team this September camp, but that doesn’t mean he will be cap-tying himself to the program in one month.
And that’s regardless of whether Gregg Berhalter plans to call him up and play him.
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The 18-year-old Ajax back is also eligible to represent the Netherlands, and an October call-up and appearance in the CONCACAF Nations League would cap-tie Dest to the USMNT program.
Dest has represented the U.S. at the U-20 and U-17 levels and cap-tying him is absolutely a priority, but the player has a rising reputation in Holland and may want to see if he can swim to the top of a wide defender pool which includes in-prime players like Terrence Kongolo, older players like Daley Blind, Daryl Janmaat, and Patrick van Aanholt as well as young prospects Denzel Dumfries (PSV) and Kenny Tete (Lyon).
He said he was surprised to be called up to the national team, which is a bit stunning. I mean, he’s one of the top prospects in the program and a dual national: Berhalter better be calling him.
Losing Dest would be one of the top dual national losses in recent memory, including Neven Subotic and Giuseppe Rossi, and it would combine with Jonathan Gonzalez’s choice of Mexico over the U.S. to multiply the ripples in the U.S. pool.
Sergino Dest: "I am happy for this opportunity and I am happy that I am here right now but I don't know for the future yet. You guys will see what happens when the time comes."— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) September 4, 2019
When asked if he'd play next month in a cap-tying game: "I don't know yet. I can't make that decision"
Dest on Berhalter: "Then two weeks before this camp he reached out to me. He told me: 'I want to have you for this September camp & I would like you to be on this U.S. team.' I was a little bit surprised but I felt valued. I like to play for the U.S. and I like the opportunity— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) September 4, 2019