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Sergiño Dest wins U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year

He had a great year for the U-20s coupled with a firm commitment to the USMNT.

Canada v United States - CONCACAF Nations League Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

2019 was a year of Destiny. A wonderful year for Sergiño Dest for club and country was formally recognized today as U.S. Soccer named him the Young Male Player of the Year.

Dest was a star for the United States U-20s during the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland in May, emerging as one of many bright spots from a team that made a run to the quarterfinals. He started four matches during the tournament, and helped created the game winner in a 3-2 victory over France in the Round of 16.

This fall, Dest also broke through into becoming a regular in the starting XI for Ajax. He’s appeared in 13 league matches and 8 Champions League matches for Amsterdam’s club. His breakthrough there led to him making his USMNT debut against Mexico in September. He also appeared 4 days later against Uruguay. As a dual citizen of both the Netherlands and the United States, Dest committed to the USMNT after a short period to consider his international future. He was officially cap-tied when he started a CONCACAF Nations League in November against Canada, contributing an assist in the process.

Congrats to Sergiño Dest on being named Young Male Player of the Year!