Including Dest, 69 players with dual eligibility and 11 sons of American servicemen have represented the United States since 2008. His story is strikingly similar to that of Stewart, who was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and American serviceman and spent most of his life living in Holland.
As a player, Stewart went on to earn 101 caps, represent the USA at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.
“We are excited that Sergiño will continue with our program,” Stewart said. “In all of our discussions, Sergiño expressed the comfort he feels within the group and his appreciation for the commitment the Federation has made along the way. As a dual national myself, I understand the choices that these young players face. Our job is to provide a clear pathway and maintain honest and open communication, and then ultimately it comes down to a personal decision.”
Off the back of his performance at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Dest has impressively locked down the starting right back spot for the Dutch giants this season. Dest has appared in 15 matches across all competitions, including the midweek Champions League encounter with Chelsea as well as Sunday’s 4-0 win against rivals Feyenoord, contributing an assist in Die Klassieker.
The youngster has also shown his versatility, with both his USMNT appearances coming at left back.
Dest is expected to be part of the USMNT squad for next month’s must-win Concacaf Nations League matches against Canada on Nov. 15 in Orlando (TICKETS) and Cuba on Nov. 19 in George Town, Cayman Islands. With the matches coming in official competition, an appearance in either game would officially tie the defender permanently to the USA.