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Who is Sergiño Dest? Inside the USMNT 2022 World Cup roster
FIFA Men's World Cup

Who is Sergiño Dest? Inside the USMNT 2022 World Cup roster

Updated Nov. 21, 2022 12:32 a.m. ET

Player: Sergiño Dest
Age: 22
Birthplace: Almere, Netherlands
Club: AC Milan
Position: Right back
Team role: Star
USMNT caps: 19

Just 22, the highly skilled right back has already played for three of Europe’s most iconic clubs. He broke through with Dutch giants Ajax, moved to Barcelona a year later and joined Milan on loan in August. Dest, who can also man the left side of defense or either wing, scored one of the best goals of qualifying, a curling left-footed shot that gave Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas (a three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid) no chance. 

A dual national, Dest was born and raised in the Netherlands. The former U.S. youth international chose to represent the U.S. at senior level in 2019 despite being heavily recruited by the three-time World Cup runner-up Oranje. He hasn’t played a ton in Italy, so it’s fair to question his match fitness. And as good as Dest is going forward, he can sometimes be a liability defensively. He remains a projected starter for the Americans in Qatar nonetheless.


Doug McIntyre is a soccer writer for FOX Sports. Before joining FOX Sports in 2021, he was a staff writer with ESPN and Yahoo Sports and he has covered United States men’s and women’s national teams at multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.


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