Sergino Dest moves into Barcelona attack and shines in LaLiga victory

Sergino Dest, the star of the USA's 2-1 win over Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying on Wednesday night, started up front and received high marks in the Catalan press for his play in Barcelona's 3-1 win over Valencia before 47,137 fans, the largest crowd at the Camp Nou since fans returned.

Dest, who played on the right wing, assisted on the third Barca goal scored by Philippe Coutinho.

Dest played up front with Dutch star Memphis Depay and 18-year-old Ansu Fati, who started his first game since being injured in November 2020. Depay and Fati both scored for Barcelona in the first half.

Barcelona coach Ronaldo Koeman has used Dest at right back and left back this season but did not hesitate to start him on the right wing.

“[Dest] knows how to play as a winger," he said afterwards. "He had already done it in the past. He is used to it, and he has done it very well. I think he played a great game.”

The win starts a busy week for Barca at the Camp Nou. It faces Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday and then meets Real Madrid on Sunday. It will be the first Clasico with fans since March 1, 2020.



USA September/October Rosters:

GOALKEEPERS:
Ethan Horvath (Nott. Forest/ENG D2), on bench (2-1 vs. Blackpool)
Zack Steffen (Man. City/ENG), 90 minutes (2-0 vs. Burnley)

DEFENDERS:
John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER), 90 minutes (0-2 at Union Berlin)
Sunday: Sergino Dest (Barcelona/ESP), 87 minutes, 1 assist (3-1 vs. Valencia)
Sunday: Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL), 82 minutes (0-2 at Sporting Charleroi)
Shaq Moore, Tenerife (ESP D2), 90 minutes (1-2 at Las Palmas)
Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG D2), 90 minutes (4-1 vs. QPR)
Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER), sub-54 minutes (5-0 vs. FC Cologne)
Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG D2), sub-32 minutes, 1 goal (4-1 vs. QPR)
Sunday: DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR), 90 minutes (1-0 vs. Konyaspor)

MIDFIELDERS:
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER), did not dress (1-1 at Freiburg)
Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA), Monday vs. Fiorentina
Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED), did not dress (2-4 at Go Ahead Eagles)
Sunday: Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA), on bench (1-0 vs. Roma)
Sunday: Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP), sub-15 minites (1-3 at Barcelona)

FORWARDS:
Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg/AUT), did not dress (1-1 at Rheindorf Altach)
Sunday: Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille/FRA), 75 minutes (4-1 vs. Lorient)
Matthew Hoppe Real Mallorca (ESP), did not dress (0-1 at Real Sociedad)
Jordan Pefok (Young Boys/SUI), 45 minutes (1-1 vs. Luzern)
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG), did not dress (1-0 at Brentford)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER), did not dress (3-1 vs. Mainz)
Josh Sargent (Norwich City/ENG), 90 minutes (0-0 vs. Brighton)
Tim Weah (Lille/FRA), 71 minutes (0-1 at Clermont)

27 comments about "Sergino Dest moves into Barcelona attack and shines in LaLiga victory".
  1. E Velazquez, October 18, 2021 at 6:02 a.m.

    Paul Kennedy: do you know Joe Scally ? he is an 18 year old who plays in the Bundesliga with  Borusia Monchengladbach

  2. E Velazquez, October 18, 2021 at 6:03 a.m.

    Joe Scally is an AMERICAN kid !

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, October 18, 2021 at 6:49 a.m.

    EV, this is only a List of USA Players based in Europe that were Called into the Games USA played in Sept and October...It does NOT include Players INEXPLICABLY Left Off, by Ggg....

  4. Bob Ashpole, October 18, 2021 at 9:21 a.m.

    Just to be clear, right wing is where Messi played.

    Frank, this is why about a month ago I said I would like to see how Dest playing in front of Adams on the right flank would work out. Dest is no Messi, but he has the dribbling skills to penetrate. On our national team, he is a starter with potential to play the tricky side to complement CP's turbo side. Compare Dest to Arriola. True there isn't a lot of room for finesse playing away in CONCACAF. And if you want someone to chase after long "vertical" balls, then Arriola can handle that.

    This is what I mean about the need for US coaches in general to make better use of skilled players. Surely we should expect something more from USSF than the kick-and-chase tactics parent coaches use on Saturdays with 9 year old youth teams. 

    GB should have seen this potential for himself without having to see it in a Barca match. The old Mexico used to have strong flank attacks, countering across the width of the field. Most teams have the strongest defenders on the left flank, not the right and not on both flanks.  

  5. frank schoon replied, October 18, 2021 at 9:46 a.m.

    Bob, as far as attacking options go, Adams playing behind Dest adds nothing to Dest's game as far attack, it does defensively for Dest has to work less and therefore the ball is move quicker to the next line. My reasoning for Adams playing behind Dest has more to do with the centerdefense being more in balance, not for Dest's capabilities to improve 

    In order for Dest to be effective he needs to receive the ball near the opponents third on the run not in his own half from Adams or like how A.Robinson plays. The ball Dest should receive should be from a midfielder not from a centerback(Adams if he's behind). For if he receives it from a centerback, it will either be too long and predictable, or too short if he receives it in his own half and possible putting Dest in the wrong position if he receives it with his back facing downfield.

    So it is not so much Adams playing behind Dest to make Dest more effective but where Dest receives the ball, which should be from a player ahead of Adams or closer to Dest. A midfielder stands to have more options in the manner of passing to Dest. These options are a diagonal balls that give Dest a better attacking downfield view. Two, the pass can be made in front or behind the defender. All these options available to Adams playing centerback behind Dest. Besides the Golden Rule of soccer is that a midfielder should be the one giving ATTACKING PASSES for they are better situated..

  6. Santiago 1314 replied, October 18, 2021 at 12:06 p.m.

    Bingo Frank... Who's going to get the Ball to Dest, in a "Organized", Systematic Manner.???... Moore, Yedlin.???(Unlikely).. Maybe, Scally, that's a BIG MAYBE.!?!?!?(I wonder if Scally can play #6.???)  ... Sorry Bob, Can't take Adams  out of DM(No Fill-In Replacement Qualifies)... Dest will  just be Wasted up there, Hoping for Ball to his Feet, like CP on the other side....And what do you do with Weah, Reyna, Aaronson, Konrad.???... (Log-Jam at RtW already, Cause CP has LtW Locked Down)

  7. frank schoon replied, October 18, 2021 at 1:16 p.m.

    Santi, I would prefer Adam to play right centerback not defensive midfielder #6, for he doesn't add anything to our offense in that position, besides he doesn't know how to play that position postionally off the ball ,and he does not have the passing capability of what a #6 need. 

    Everyone prefers to see him at #6 but mainly for defensive purposes. Well we have a bunch of #6's that can play there for defensive purposes. There is really no one on the team that can play #6 using passing expertise, a la Pirlo or Busquets, or a Verratti,etc.  I think in the overall picture Adams at RIGHT CENTERBACK adds more to our offense than he does at #6 where they want him to plug holes and play defense.  We will have a faster ball circulation with him in the back for build up...

    Adams gives our backline more quickness to go on attack. He would constantly be free to move up quickly ,for no striker likes to chase back up to midfield. He would create the possibility of give and go's with a #6. In other words he can create numerical superiority at midfield. If he was positioned  at midfield  , he would be just another midfielder who marked by the opponent midfielder and not be an offensive threat. But by him coming up to midfield, no one is covering that an open man coming up situation that forces the opponent to all of a sudden shift and leave a man open.

    We DON'T want two similar centerbacks who never appear at midfield, and they usually slower and predictable. But Adams coming up from the back, shakes the defensive of the opponent around midfield. Adams, as a right centerback, defensively is good on low balls is quick on the ground and his leftcenterback is good in headings....Both can fill each other's weakness...I mean how many tall giant attackers do we play against where we 2 ,I mean, 2 tall center backs....

  8. frank schoon replied, October 18, 2021 at 1:20 p.m.

    Santi , I would let the outside midfielders be responsible for the outlet passes to the wing for they are in a better position. The point here is that we don't straight up the flank passes to the wing for it forces the wing to turn his back facing downfield. The wing should receive the facing downfield and that is best done by the outside halfbacks.

    At Ajax when Michels was coach he would bench anyone making a pass straight up along the flank to the wing.....It's just not a good pass

  9. frank schoon replied, October 18, 2021 at 1:46 p.m.

    Santi ,as far as what you would do with Weah, Aaronson and Konrad....Dest is not wing he plays back ....so I don't the problem mentioning these other players.

    My concern is that we have sooooo many players from the play pool. This is why we first have to establish a system employing the weaknesses and strength of each player to make a cohesive unit....11 Peles do not make a good team. It is the 10 that best fit to play a certain system....and that mean that Reyna and CP, Weah, Konrad,etc are untouchable. It is all about what players fit in best.  Maybe Arriola in a certain system contributes better than CP or Reyna, for example, to the overall functioning of the team, who knows......  Right  now we are holding our hand above certain players as untouchable and I think that is the wrong way to go.....

    We certainly have to decide how we are going to play, place in the concepts that best suits the players in a particular system...

  10. beautiful game, October 18, 2021 at 9:22 a.m.

    While Dest shined against Valencia, Depay and DeJong struggled for most of the game.

  11. Santiago 1314 replied, October 19, 2021 at 12:39 a.m.

    Depay Trying Toooo Hard to "Carry the Team on his Shoulders"... DeJong Doesn't have a "Foil" to play off... Xavi had Iniesta, who does DeJong have.???

  12. frank schoon replied, October 19, 2021 at 9:29 a.m.

    Santi, this whole Barcelona is screwed up. I'm not a Depay fan, and De Jong as long Busquets plays the #6 position for he plays it perfectly, De Jong won't be able to 100%. De Jong is good but the current Barcelona team needs so much work.....

  13. frank schoon, October 18, 2021 at 9:26 a.m.

    I hope US coaches will beging to understand that Dest was a winger not a back in his younger years. He learned to play wing but just missed that extra to be a good wing. This has always been Ajax's philosophy of making an inadequate wing a back for that creates for the team more attacking options as well more fluid ball movements.

    A. Robinson as back lacks the wing mentality of play, and sees his role simply as 'speedy Gonzales'.  The Irony is that Robinson being a fast runner with the ball actually makes his attack slower and predictable...

  14. Bob Ashpole replied, October 18, 2021 at 10:31 p.m.

    Frank everything you posted makes a lot of sense to me, but I can't see the current coach using Adams at CB. In CBs he prefers height to foot skills.

    As for right wing, Reyna and Weah appear to me to play like inside forwards rather than wingers. Aaronson plays more like a winger.

  15. Santiago 1314 replied, October 19, 2021 at 12:35 a.m.

    Frank, I agree with Bob on this... No, to Adams as Centerback, YES, to what you are Advocating... A "Sweeper/Libero" Type player that comes out of Center Defense into the Midfield... Only ones USA has had do that over the Years is Geoff Cameron and Brooks...
    Whenever you Talk about Defender bring Ball Forward, you are talking about what I Call "Dominoe" Principle... As you correctly stated, Opposition Forward is usually the Laziest, Worst, Most Undisciplined Defender.... When a Our Defender "Takes Off" into  Midfield with the Ball, this Now Creates 2v1 against Opposition Midfielder; Does Opposition Defender stay with His Man or Take the Ball Carrier.???... Once the Opposition Defender choose, Our player on the ball must make Quick Decision... Pass Off or Carry On... This is what made Beckenbauer, Individually, and Clockwork Orange, as a Team so Good..  The Modern game only "Allows" for Outside Backs to Go Forward...I ask why.???...Central Defenders today are Much more Skilfully than in "Those Days"....I was Thrilled to Death when Ggg put Sands as Libero versus Martinique... I thought we had come up with something other Teams could not Cope with... But, it was a "One Off" thing.

  16. frank schoon replied, October 19, 2021 at 9:23 a.m.

    Santi, my reply to you somehow down below on the bottom. Bob, we really don't have wingers per se for we don't develop them here. Yes, Reyna is not a wing but what I would call a right inside forward, a #8 of the old 235system WM system....But Weah is more a wing than anywhere else you can play. 

    Bob, If you think I make sense placing Adams at right centerback but GB won't do it, is telling. This is where I would place Adams in the first place for he is mobile, and IS able to play two positions, centerback and #6(defensively) Adams would be more dangerous coming up right away with the ball up to midfield than just being already there waiting for a ball and with an opponent in his back.

    Also, why do you want two tall centerbacks who are stiffs and who just hang around in the back. When is the last time you have seen a team who has two tall centerforwards that need two tall centerbacks to cover them....We need two centerbacks ,each who have different abilties but complement each other.  

    My suggestion with an Adams like or Adams would shake up the opponents defense at midfield. The is reason is TEAMS ARE NOT USED TO PLAYING A TEAM WITH A QUICK, MOVING UP CENTERBACK...It will throw their dynamics off kilter

  17. frank schoon replied, October 19, 2021 at 9:44 a.m.

    Santi, your quote "The Modern game only "Allows" for Outside Backs to Go Forward...I ask why.???.
    The so called modern game is garbage. Ajax was using overlapping backs back in the 70's with Suurbier and Krol, and Brazil WC'70 with Carlos Albertos. The difference with todays game and in the past is that in the past players were smarter and better skilled. 

     Today,You have idiot backs running the flanks with the ball who can't even make a decent cross. Where as in the old days a back was a former winger who was able to cross and make moves with a ball one on one. And most importantly the backs in the old days ONLY received the ball when they entered the opponent's third unexpectedly, (remember that goal by Carlos Albertos in "WC70). 

    Why I ask you do back receive the ball in their own half and try to make a run with the ball and everyday is watching him run.....The opponents are given plenty of time to set up while watching this idiot make a run....Robertson is a perfect example of it. l

    I believe in wing play, where the ball does all the running for it is faster, therefore not so much the player....This way the 'backs' role in going down the flank is more surreptitious, stealth unlike today where they have dancing bears and marching bands , where everybody in town knows what's coming......

    I don't believe in wings having to run back 60yards on defense...for after a while a takes a toll on the wing's offensive play....We're doing this all wrong Santi.....

  18. Bob Ashpole replied, October 19, 2021 at 12:34 p.m.

    Frank, I agreed because I understood what you didn't say at the time too.

    Like this time you didn't say that wingers don't have to make 60 yard recovery runs if we have a high line of confrontation. It is the kick-and-run attack followed by the bunker defense that is crazy. I used to hate it. I hated playing winghalf in a 442 with the non-Hispanic rec teams because they had no clue as how to play. They would constantly hit long balls with top spin on the fast fields rec teams play on, and expect the wing halves to sprint 60 yards until the ball rolled over the end line. As far as I know this hasn't changed in 40 years.

  19. frank schoon replied, October 19, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

    Bob,LOL. Playing wing half in a 4-4-2 ohhhhhh, what treachery..... I will never play or never coach a team playing 4-4-2, as a matter of fact I will never coach a team playing with 2 centerbacks....

    The problem is that the game has gotten more defensiver, coaches less creative and coaches took out wing players for a more packed defense.  Cruyff states the wing plays defense by not allowing a back to move ,because if he does, he leaves the wing open. The team moves up and down as a unite with about 35 meters between the last man and the front men...nice and compact. How do you think Barcelona's Dream Team played? In their defense the backfield was a diamond, with Guardiola up  front , who totally is a non defender and Koeman an   offensive midfielder ,slow, but can put a 40yards pass in your back pocket. Their backs were two former wingers....Talk about a defense ,that was no defense at all but as a unit using the spacing they stopped teams with smart play.

    When Messi played right wing , you saw him run 60yards back to his own third. As a result of the 4-4-2 wings began to lose their specialty and all of a sudden A.Robinson types, VROOM ,VROOM...
    As a result more players were seen in soccer who were not 'footballers' but cogs in a machine....

  20. Wallace Wade, October 18, 2021 at 9:56 a.m.

    He does as much bad during games as he does good. He's undisciplined in my opinion and personally, I would not want this player on my team. His disrespect during Messi's farewell in Barcelona only compounds and solidify's my perception that he's not bright. 

  21. John Polis, October 18, 2021 at 1:43 p.m.

    Would love to see Dest used in an attacking manner as much as possible. Quick, elusive, great shot with either peg, and he's as good on the flank as anyone we have. Lot of talk about others who did not choose the United States, but with Dest we can say: What a great day it was when he chose to play for the USA.

  22. frank schoon replied, October 18, 2021 at 1:46 p.m.

    Yup, Well said, Jphn

  23. John Sabala, October 18, 2021 at 2:18 p.m.

    I watched the whole game and Dest played very well on the right wing. He was quite creative and connected well with the attacking midfielders and center forward.  Did not do much for the defense, but was not his main role.  He created several threats during the match which was why he did not get subbed until the game was iced from his assist.

    The thing that really stands out is his combination play.  This brings me back to using Dest as a Wingback and not a full back. The potential to combine with Reyna, CP and either Musah or McKennie are very good options for the attack for the US further up the pitch.  A Robinson cannot do this and as Santi pointed out this type of connecting play will not happen with S Moore, R Cannon or Yedlin.  The left side of our attack needs to be one of our midfielders moving to play the left wingback. I think Aaronson would be a great fit there as he also so defensive minded, but will allow him to combine with CP on the left wing.  Two guys good in traffic, good on the ball, good passers and understand how to move off the ball to create space.  I know I sound like a broken record, but with our current strength of the player pool is not Fullbacks.  Even Scally would be better at wingback than FB right now on the USMNT.  Of course GB will never do this as he cannot break from his one tracked mind of thinking.  I see us playing a 4-2-3-1 and sitting back against Mexico instead of taking it to them in a high pressing tactical plan.  We will play for the tie again like we did against Panama and lay another egg.  With only two games there is not need to hold back and rotate players.  You put the best XI on the pitch which should be almost all European players, except for maybe Pepi, but I would go with Sargeant if we plan to press.  

  24. Bob Ashpole replied, October 18, 2021 at 10:19 p.m.

    Not pressing is the first step on the path to not winning. I don't care where the line of confrontation is, at some point a team needs to start pressing so it needs to be set somewhere.

  25. Santiago 1314 replied, October 19, 2021 at 1:06 a.m.

    I think we are ALL in Agreement... USA must Press Mexico, Especially When they try to play out of the Back...Must be an Organized Press... If everyone is Healthy, I would Start,.

    CP---Sargent---Aaronson


    I wish that we Could Start Pepi; But Ggg "Killed" The Flow of "The Pepi Train"... and I am not Sure How Disciplined and Organized our Press would be with Pepi and CP out there together... Bring Pepi on in 2nd Half when Mexico gets Tired...Reyna for Aaronson, once he "Tires"


    Midfield of;
                          Musah
        McKenNie
                   Adams

    Back Four:

    A. Rob.                      Dest
             M.Rob--Richards

    It would have been Nice to have Scally come in to "Put Out Fires" on either Wing Back...(But Ggg MESSED UP, Not sure it would be Smart to throw him in, 1st Game, versus Mexico...He MUST get Time in the Away game this next window)... Probably Yedlin for Dest, at some Point.... 

                *Steffen*(Home Game, Should be Fine, Turner for Away Game)

    That's 3 Subs; 
    4th could be Busio for Musah if Reyna Goes for Aaronson,
    And 5th would be Weah for CP... Especially if we are ahead and playing on Counter

  26. John Sabala replied, October 19, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.

      Santi, I like the line-up to start.  The only change of me as I have beens stating would be to use 4 Mids and 3 Centerbacks.

    Mid
    Dest---McKennie----Adams-----Musah

    Subs - Scally, Luca, Green, Reyna (I would replace Aaronson with Hoppe up top, but lots of quality talent with this group)

    CB

    Richards-----Brooks/------McKenzie
                       Sands

    Subs - M. Robinson, Sands or Brooks, Palmer-Brown or Carter-Vickers (Richards is very good on the ball, could play the center, but brooks is a bit too slow to play outside) 

    We could press very high with this group and stifle Mexico's quick counterattacks out of the back.  


  27. frank schoon, October 19, 2021 at 9:08 a.m.

    Santi, I agree , I want an upcoming libero, I can't stand having two centerbacks because all they do is stand like2 trees in the centerlane. Playing this way in the past dozen years or so soccer has gone down in quality. The quality of defenders has gone down as far ball handling. Since coaches today think of playing with 2 centerbacks,for GB won't try a libero, the next best thing is to place a player as centerback who can DEFEND but also is not to afraid with the ball to quickly take it and move up. And why shouldn't coaches not have a defender like that, one has played midfield. Who else but Adams as far as I see fits that bill.... Who else with Adam's backround can play the centerback, who can play tough defense on the ground, who is quick, who has fire in his belly, and can feel comfortable going up to play at midfield. 

    We want a player from the backline to quickly move up to midfield and create numerical superiority. Having Adams play #6 doesn't do anything to the dynamics of the play. What I mean  is  that at #6 Adams playing at midfield being already there, will not stir or make unexpected defensive shifts to the opponents. But it will change the opponents dynamics when they see Adams coming up to midfield with the ball ,for who is going to sacrifice his man to pick the open Adams up. That is the advantage we have when Adams comes up from centerback, but if he plays #6 at midfield then opponents will already have a man on him.......

    The best thing for a coach who plays with 2centerbacks is to have one centerback that is good in the air (tall) and the other shorter, quicker good on ground balls.  I don't know why they play the English variant of two burly centerbacks who are not good with a ball. Perhaps in England they still employ so many headball type of plays....

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