Dest taking the positives


Ajax’s Sergino Dest was delighted to make his USA debut against Mexico but feels he still has much to learn.

The 18-year-old, born in the Netherlands to a Surinamese-American father and a Dutch mother, lined up for the Americans for the first time in his career but could do little about a 3-0 loss.

Javier Hernandez, Erick Gutierrez and Uriel Antuna bagged the goals for the visitors at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and it was a chastening experience for the man who came up through the Ajax youth ranks to make his debut for the club this season.

The youngster enjoyed the experience and now wants it to become a regular occurrence.

“My first cap was a special moment, but hopefully I’ll get more and develop myself,” he said.

The defender tested Mexico keeper Jonathan Orozco with a shot from distance in the 14th minute but was culpable for El Tri’s opening goal.



He was beaten by Jorge Sanchez out wide, who then provided the cross for Hernandez to head home on 21 minutes.

However the starlet is refusing to get too downbeat and is determined to bounce back.

“It’s just something that can happen in soccer,” he added. “It’s not like I can’t do anything against [Sanchez]. It’s just a great action from him.

“I don’t think I played a bad game, just that moment was crucial. I have to learn from it.”

The match was the first of two warm-ups for the US ahead of the CONCACAF Nations League next month.