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FUEL Soccer Talk: US Soccer is coming; Bruins in the draft; Sunderland ‘Til I die

Getting our Friday kicks in …

Sergino Dest on US Soccer: “We’re coming … the world doesn’t know it yet”

Now that’s what I call a red, white and blue endorsement!

“We’re coming … the world doesn’t know it yet,” said Sergino Dest recently on the popular Scuffed Podcast. And he’s talking about USA soccer competing against the best in the world.  

Sergino Dest, who this month joined the likes of Josh Sargent and Haji Wright as young Americans earning their first-team debuts in Europe this season, was a guest on the outstanding Scuffed Podcast (subscribe on I-Tunes if you haven’t already – do it now, we’ll wait). He played in the youth academy of Almere City FC until 2012, and since has played for the youth academy of AFC Ajax.

Dest, an 18-year-old right back, was part of the U.S. U-20 team that won the Concacaf championship last month and secured a berth in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Last month he signed his first pro contract with Ajax, inking a deal through 2021. “We have a lot of talent to be honest. In a few years we can compete with the good teams in the world,” Dest said of Team USA. “Everybody needs to keep improving themselves. We have a lot of different specialties.”

Dest, who was born in Almere, Netherlands, to an American father and Dutch mother, played for the U.S. at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

And what are his thoughts on the USA’s U-20 World Cup team for May? “We will do well if everybody is fit and everybody is focused and everybody keeps improving themselves.”

Listen to the entire Scuffed Podcast!!!

Dest isn’t the first to proclaim that the Americans are coming…what can US soccer do better to compete on the world stage?

 

MLS SuperDraft 2019: Bruins continue impressive showing

The UCLA Bruins opened and closed the first round of the MLS SuperDraft 2019. FC Cincinnati selected former midfielder Frankie Amaya with the first overall pick, while Atlanta United FC chose senior midfielder Anderson Asiedu with the final pick of the opening round.

It was an impressive showing for the Bruins but not surprising.

Amay’s selection marked the sixth No. 1 overall pick in UCLA history. The Bruins now have twice as many No. 1 overall MLS draft picks as any other school in the country (Connecticut: 3).

UCLA has had two of the last three top selections (2017: Abu Danladi, Minnesota United FC) and now has four during the tenure of head coach Jorge Salcedo. Other past No. 1 overall picks from UCLA include Tahj Jakins (1997), Steve Shak (2000), rvell Wynne (2006), and Chance Myers (2008).

Why do you think UCLA has been so successful in creating No. 1 picks?

 

Must Watch: Sunderland ‘Til I die

The die-hard fans in Sunderland are pissed (and we don’t mean the English version of pissed). Their beloved team has fallen not only out of the Premier League but all the way to League One. $140 million of TV money – gone. Their state-of-the-art stadium – half empty.

Their place in English soccer – in shambles.

And Netflix captures it all in “Sunderland Til I die.” The title is not only about the fans incredible passion for their football team but the football team’s sudden demise in the English soccer landscape. If you watch one episode, block off a few hours because it’s tough to click off once you log in.

Have you seen it? What did you think? If not, you MUST watch it!!!

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