Is Sergiño Dest playing at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup?
The 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which is being held in the United States, kicks off on 10 July.
Barcelona’s Sergiño Dest was part of the United States side that won the CONCACAF Nations League title earlier in June, but won’t be going to July's CONCACAF Gold Cup as US men’s national team boss Gregg Berhalter looks to rest a number of his Europe-based stars.
Dest left out of USMNT's preliminary Gold Cup roster
Indeed, Boavista’s Reggie Cannon is the only USMNT player currently plying his trade in Europe who has been included in both the Nations League squad and the preliminary 59-man roster for the Gold Cup, which is being held in the US and gets underway on 10 July.
Berhalter now has until 10 days before the Gold Cup starts to cut his squad down to a final 23.
Given break after tiring club campaign, Nations League exploits
Following a gruelling European club campaign that was compressed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Dest is being given time off ahead of Barça’s July return to pre-season and the start of the USMNT’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in September.
In 2020/21, his first term as a Barça player, the 20-year-old made 41 appearances in all competitions as the Blaugrana won the Copa del Rey but finished third in LaLiga and were beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16.
With the likes of Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, Juventus’ Weston McKennie and Borussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna also rested, Berhalter has picked an initial Gold Cup group chiefly made up of Major League Soccer players, who enjoyed an offseason break earlier in 2021.
USMNT preliminary roster for the 2021 Gold Cup
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Bill Hamid (DC United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
Defenders: Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), George Bello (Atlanta United), Reggie Cannon (Boavista), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham), Justin Che (FC Dallas), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Chase Gasper (Minnesota United), Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution), Shaq Moore (CD Tenerife), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City), Kevin Paredes (DC United), Donovan Pines (DC United), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), James Sands (New York City FC), Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls), Leon Flach (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal), Moses Nyeman (DC United), Andres Perea (Orlando City), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Memo Rodriguez (Houston Dynamo), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United), Tanner Tessman (FC Dallas), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Frankie Amaya (FC Cincinnati), Paul Arriola (DC United), Corey Baird (LAFC), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), Daryl Dike (Orlando City), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Rubio Rubin (Real Salt Lake), Chris Mueller (Orlando City), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), Robbie Robinson (Inter Miami), Mason Toye (CF Montreal), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)
US to face Martinique, Canada and prelim-round qualifier
Drawn in Gold Cup Group B, the US kick off their tournament campaign on 11 July against a preliminary-round qualifier (one of Haiti, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda and Barbados). In their other two group-stage fixtures, they take on Martinique on 15 July and Canada on 18 July.