Sergiño Dest becomes first American to score for FC Barcelona

Kevin Brown
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Sergiño Dest becomes first American to score for FC Barcelona originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

An American international has never scored for FC Barcelona before Tuesday. Sergiño Dest changed that. 

With a tidy finish to the bottom left corner, Dest became the first United States men's national team player to ever score for the Spanish giants just a month after becoming the first USMNT member to play for the Catalan club.

The special moment came from some beautiful build-up play as Danish striker Martin Braithwaite helped it along to Dest's path to open the scoring in Barcelona's 4-0 UEFA Champions League win over Russian club Dynamo Kiev.  

Following a €21-million transfer from Dutch side Ajax in October, Dest has solidified himself as Barcelona's starting right back after Sergi Roberto's injury and Barcelona selling Nelson Semedo to Premier League outfit Wolverhampton. Starring in a couple of international friendlies for the United States against Wales and Panama last week, Dest's speed, flair and close control on the ball looks like it'll be a staple down the right flank for the U.S. for the next decade, including upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers. 

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Barcelona, who kept the likes of superstars Leo Messi and Frenkie de Jong at home to rest, added to the good news for the USMNT when 19-year-old and Miami native Konrad de la Fuente made his debut as a substitute in the 82nd minute. 

Konrad's appearance marked a record seventh USMNT player to feature in the world's biggest club competition, joining the likes of Dest, Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, Juventus' Weston McKennie, Red Bull Salzburg's Tyler Adams, Dortmund's Gio Reyna, and Club Brugge's Ethan Horvath. 

If Americans playing in the Champions league is any indicator, the future is bright for the United States national team.