Now that Dutch American teenager Sergiño Dest has chosen to continue his international soccer career with the U.S., he was asked a question before Wednesday’s training session with his new teammates: Can he sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”?“Now?” he responded in both shock and surprise. “I can’t sing. I just know the lyrics.”That will have to be good enough because with Dest, 19, who was born in the Netherlands to a U.S. serviceman father, the national team has added more shine to a golden generation of youth that already includes Christian Pulisic, Timothy Weah, Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent, none of whom is older than 21.“Which is great for the program,” said Earnie Stewart, U.S. Soccer’s sporting director. “He’s a very talented player playing at a really high level. He’s part of our future.” Advertisement First, however, the present. Dest, who had been the subject of a pitched tug-of-war between the U.S. and Dutch federations, must appear in a competitive game at the senior level to tie himself to the American side. That figures to happen Friday, when the U.S. faces Canada in a must-win CONCACAF Nations League game.“That’s true,” Dest said with a grin. “But I’m here so you know… Read full this story
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