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Sergiño Dest is the first US player to start for Barça in LaLiga

The 19-year-old became the first United States player ever to start a LaLiga match for Barcelona in Saturday's loss against Getafe on matchday six.

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Sergiño Dest is the first US player to start for Barça in LaLiga

Sergiño Dest keeps making history with FC Barcelona since arriving in Spain this summer. On 4 October he became the first United States footballer to play for Barcelona when he came on in the second half against Sevilla, replacing the injured Jordi Alba.

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  • United States of America

LaLiga resumed activities on Saturday after the October international break and FC Barcelona visited Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez for matchday six of the 2020/21 LaLiga season. Since Alba is out for several weeks, coach Ronald Koeman decided to include Dest in the starting XI.

First American to start a LaLiga match for Barcelona

The 19-year-old played as a left-back the entire game and received a yellow card during stoppage time. This is the second game for Dest after Barcelona paid Ajax a $25 million fee for the youngster this summer.

This will be a bittersweet memory for Dest because in his first start the team lost 1-0. The United States full-back set up Lionel Messi for a shot that ended up hitting the post during the first half of the game.