Yanks Abroad: Ajax coach is ready to play Sergino Dest in Dutch Super Cup

Sergino Dest, 18, was one of only two players to play the entire 90 minutes for Dutch champion Ajax in its 2-1 win over Watford.

Afterwards, Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said the U.S. U-20 star was in the running to play in the Dutch Super Cup against PSV on July 27 in Amsterdam.

“If you can do this against a Premier League club and the No. 2 team in Turkey, then it can also be in the Cruyff Shield and in the competition," ten Hag told De Telegraaf. "Of course, he still makes mistakes, but he also does a lot of good. He has the conditions. Last year we had Mazraoui in the same process. That could also happen to him this year, but that depends on how he grows."

Dest gave up a penalty on an unfortunate handball but he almost scored later in the game. He also started against Istanbul Basaksehir in the first game on its pre-season trip to Austria.

Ajax is loaded at right back, but the only player ahead of him at left back is Argentine Nicolas Tagliafico, who is on vacation until next week following the Copa America. Another Argentine defender, new signing Lisardo Martinez, is left-footed but is injured.

"I try to be multi-functional and fill in multiple positions," Dest told De Telegraaf. "I don't care where I stand, as long as I play."

Last season, Moroccan Noussair Mazraoui came on to win the right back job.

3 comments about "Yanks Abroad: Ajax coach is ready to play Sergino Dest in Dutch Super Cup".
  1. Carl Neff, July 19, 2019 at 8:40 a.m.

    I admit that I've never seen him play, other than the clip above - so feel free to let me know if I'm wrong,  It seems like he has tons of energy, amazing ball control in tight spaces, and and made some great crosses.  Don't know if they were playing Watfords A or B team, but of all the youngplayers, including Weah and Sargent, I feel like he has the best chance to become a consistent national team starter within the next year or two. 

  2. Ben Myers replied, July 19, 2019 at 12:10 p.m.

    And a USMNT coach who develops an appreciation for the havoc that can be done by someone attacking out of the back.  Maybe Berhalter needs to watch highlights of Marcelo and Phillip Lam for a few hours.

  3. R2 Dad replied, July 19, 2019 at 2:21 p.m.

    Sorry, GB already had Ream and Lovitz at left back, playing those vertical balls in behind the back line. Weren't these MLS guys hugely sucessful vs Mexico? No need for this guy, sorry.

    Tab knows what to do with him, though, in case you were thinking, maybe, in the distant Jetsons future, USSF might possibly, maybe, consider playing some other, more attractive soccer.  Naw, just joking.

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