Washington, Oct 29 : A dual-national eligible for both the US men's national soccer team and the Netherlands, Ajax defender Sergino Dest has made his decision and plans to represent the US internationally.
Dest, 18, featured for the United States at various youth levels but grew up in the Netherlands. He played for the US in the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups. He made his senior national team debut for the Americans last month when he played in friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay, but because he had not played a competitive match for the US senior men's soccer team, he could still change his affiliation to the Dutch national team.
"I am happy to announce that I have decided to keep playing for the US men's national team," said Dest, who had made progress this season, already securing a starting place with Ajax.
"Of course, it was a tough decision for me when the Dutch men's national team showed their interest, but I have built up a very good feeling with Team USA over the last couple of years and I strongly believe in the plans and potential of US Soccer. I am therefore dedicated to making the next 10-15 years a big success and will do my utmost to help the team play for titles," he added.
Dest could make his competitive debut on Nov. 15 when the US team plays Canada at Orlando, Florida, in the CONCACAF Nations League. "I think the important point is just reiterating him being part of our program, what he's done in our program and how he's performed at the U17 level and the U20 level. He's played in a couple World Cups for us. To him there's a comfort to that, and it's nice to hear that from him and for him to appreciate how we've been there for him," said US head coach Gregg Berhalter.(XINHUA)