Sergino Dest became the first American to win the Copa del Rey when Barcelona crushed Athletic Bilbao, 4-0, to win Spain's oldest soccer competition.
Dest started and played 74 minutes before exiting with a 4-0 lead. Barca blew the game open with all four goals in a 13-minute span in the second half. The 20-year-old American had a relatively quiet game as the right wing back, his position in the Barca midfield.
Lionel Messi led Barca with two goals to give him a record nine goals in the Copa del Rey final. It was his seventh Copa del Rey title and Barcelona's record 31st. But the trophy was the first since Joan Laporta took over as Barcelona president six weeks ago, amid a turbulent period for the Catalan club.
"Sometimes you fall down and you have to get up," veteran defender Gerard Pique said. "It has been a difficult year but the team has turned it around."
At the trophy presentation, the Barcelona players wore black tee-shirts with the message: "La primera de una nueva era". ("The first of a new era").
U.S. domestic cup champions (big 5 European countries) 1990: Thomas Dooley (Kaiserslautern, German Cup) 1991: John Harkes (Sheffield Wed., English League Cup) 1997: Kasey Keller (Leicester City, English League Cup) 2002: Brad Friedel (Blackburn Rovers, English League Cup) 2004; Tim Howard (Man. United, English FA Cup) 2017: Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, German Cup) 2018: Tim Weah (Paris. St, Germain, French Trophée des Champions) 2020: Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, DFL-Super Cup) 2021: Weston McKennie (Juventus, Italian Supercoppa) 2021: Sergino Dest (Barcelona, Spanish Copa del Rey)