Americans Abroad: Sergino Dest's days at Barcelona appear to be numbered, Tillman scores another Rangers' winner

Although Sergino Dest has made it clear that he wants to stay at Barcelona and fight for playing time, it is increasingly clear he no longer fits into the plans of head coach Xavi, who is in his first full season in charge of the club he starred at for many years.

That became apparent when Dest was not even included in the 23-player squad for Barca's LaLiga opener that ended in a 0-0 tie with Rayo Vallecano.

Dest's position appeared to be safe after Barca did not sign Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta, who re-signed with Chelsea, but Sport, the Barcelona sports daily, reported Barcelona has gotten the go-ahead from its sporting department to sell or loan Dest and sign a new right back. Sport also reported that Barcelona is negotiating with Manchester United for Dest's transfer.

For the Rayo Vallecano match, Xavi started Uruguayan central defender Ronald Araujo at right back.

Barcelona has been begging players to leave — or take pay-cuts — in an effort to meet LaLiga financial targets in order to register its new signings.

It wasn't able to register Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie until Friday night after raising more funds from the sale of its commercial assets. But French signing Jules Kounde has not yet been registered.

One of the players asked to take a paycut or leave is Franke de Jong, but the Dutch midfielder did play in the LaLiga opener.

Like Dest, de Jong has been linked to Manchester United, which has started the 2022-23 Premier League season with two defeats. The connection? United manager Erik ten Hag coached both players at Ajax.

USMNT Goalkeepers:
Matt Turner (Arsenal, England), on bench (4-2 vs. Leicester City)
Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough, England), Sunday vs. Sheffield United
Ethan Horvath (Luton Town, England), 90 minutes (0-1 vs. Preston North End)
MLS: Sean Johnson (New York City FC).

USMNT Outside Backs:
George Bello (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany), sub-30 minutes (0-2 vs. Hamburg)
Reggie Cannon (Boavista, Portugal), Sunday vs. Santa Clara
Sergino Dest (Barcelona, Spain), did not dress (0-0 vs. Rayo Vallecano)
Antonee Robinson (Fulham, England), 90 minutes (0-0 at Wolves)
Joe Scally (Borussia M'Gladbach, Germany), 90 minutes (2-2 at Schalke 04)
Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Sunday at Eupen
MLS: Shaq Moore (Tenerife), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami).

Joe Scally, 19, had started both Bundesliga games at right back for Borussia Moenchengladbach.

USMNT Center Backs:
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic, Scotland), Sunday at Kilmarnock
Mark McKenzie (Genk, Belgium), Sunday at Zulte Waregem
Erik Palmer-Brown (Troyes, France), Sunday vs. Toulouse
Tim Ream (Fulham, England), 90 minutes (0-0 at Wolves)
Chris Richards (Crystal Palace, England), Monday at Liverpool
James Sands (Rangers, Scotland), did not dress (4-0 vs. St. Johnstone)
MLS: Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC). Unattached: John Brooks.

Tim Ream's Fulham has started with two ties -- 2-2 against Liverpool and 0-0 at Wolves. Two years ago when the Cottagers' season ended in relegation, they didn't pick up their second point until November.

USMNT Midfielders:
Tyler Adams
(Leeds United, England), 90 minutes (2-2 at Southampton)
Gianluca Busio (Venezia, Italy), Sunday vs. Genoa
Luca de la Torre (Celta, Spain). on bench (2-2 vs. Espanyol)
Weston McKennie (Juventus, Italy), Monday vs. Sassuolo
Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain), Sunday vs. Girona
Malik Tillman (Rangers, Scotland), 90 minutes, 1 goal (4-0 vs. St. Johnstone)
MLS: Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Sebastian Lletget (New England Revolution), Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes).

Malik Tillman scored on a header for the winner in the second straight game. Rangers' 4-0 win over St. Johnstone was its third win in three games to open the Premiership season.

Rangers-St. Johnston highlights:

USMNT Wingers:
Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United, England), 90 minutes (2-2 at Southampton)
Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille, France), Sunday at Brest
Matthew Hoppe (Middlesbrough, England), Sunday vs. Sheffield United
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Sunday vs. Tottenham
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), did not dress (3-1 at Freiburg)
Tim Weah (Lille, France), did dress (1-1 at Nantes)
MLS: Paul Arriola (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)

Brenden Aaronson helped Leeds United jump out to a 2-0 lead at Southampton. His corner kick was flicked on for Rodrigo's second goal.

USMNT Forwards (5)
Jordan Pefok (Union Berlin, Germany), Sunday at Mainz
Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg, Germany), sub-1 minute (2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen)
Josh Sargent (Norwich City, England), sub-33 minutes (1-2 at Hull City)
Haji Wright (Antalyaspor, Turkey), Sunday at Umraniyespor
MLS: Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew).

6 comments about "Americans Abroad: Sergino Dest's days at Barcelona appear to be numbered, Tillman scores another Rangers' winner".
  1. Bob Ashpole, August 13, 2022 at 11:07 p.m.

    Barca is a financial disaster. They sign contracts but will they be able to pay them?

  2. Arnold Ramirez, August 14, 2022 at 12:52 p.m.

    The player who played in Dest's place Araujo was a disaster agains Rayo. 

  3. R2 Dad replied, August 15, 2022 at 12:38 p.m.

    Xavi says he wants more signing. Apparently he can't just clone Dani Alves.

  4. R2 Dad, August 14, 2022 at 8:52 p.m.

    Ream is nominally more mobile than Brooks. If JB is not on the roster, I wouldnt expect Ream to be, either.

  5. Wooden Ships replied, August 15, 2022 at 12:38 p.m.

    I'd be okay with Ream. He's technical and reads as well as any of our backs. 

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, August 16, 2022 at 7:50 p.m.

    I would select anyone ahead of JB.

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