US defender Sergino Dest apologises for red card in loss to Trinidad and Tobago

By Rek Hanibal Published on November 21, 2023
US defender Sergino Dest apologises for red card in loss to Trinidad and Tobago

The full-back was booked twice in 30 seconds in the 2-1 Concacaf Nations League quarter-final second leg loss.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter called Dest's actions "inexcusable", and captain Tim Ream said he had shown a "lack of respect".

Dest admitted his behaviour was "unacceptable, selfish and immature".

Despite Monday's defeat, the US progressed to the semi-final 4-2 on aggregate after winning last week's first leg 3-0 and have secured their place in next year's Copa America.

Antonee Robinson opened the scoring for the US in the 25th minute before 23-year-old Dest was sent off 14 minutes later in Port of Spain.

Referee Walter Lopez initially booked him for kicking the ball away before receiving a second yellow for continuing to criticise the referee, shouting and sarcastically blowing kisses.

Trinidad's Reon Moore netted a 43rd-minute equaliser before Alvin Jones' free-kick secured victory for the home side in the 57th minute.

"[Dest] put several guys in jeopardy, made several guys do a lot of extra work in this weather," said Berhalter.

"It is concerning because that's not what we want to represent. That's not who we are as a group. 

"We pride ourselves in staying mentally disciplined, battling through any conditions, whether they're good decisions or bad decisions. 

"We're supposed to keep going and respond appropriately, and that wasn't the right response from Sergino."

Rek Hanibal

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