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Dest makes Eredivisie debut for Ajax

Sergino Dest made his Eredivisie debut for Ajax on Saturday.

The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team product came off the bench and played 36 minutes in Ajax’s 5-0 home win over FC Emmen. It was Dest’s second appearance of the season after starting in the 2-0 Dutch Super Cup win over PSV in July.

Donny dan de Beek scored the winning goal, while Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic, and Klaas Jan Huntelaar all got on the scoresheet for Ajax.

Dest finished the match with a 92% passing completion rate, two successful tackles and four successful duels won. He saw his teammates score a trio of goals after stepping onto the pitch as a second-half substitute.

The match also saw former U.S. U-20 product Desevio Payne make his league debut for Emmen, playing the final nine minutes.

Dest and Ajax next face PAOK Salonika in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier before traveling to VVV Venlo on Aug. 17th.


  1. I believe the starting RB suffered a muscular injury although I don’t know the severity. Dest looked good, although the competition was pretty out matched and Ajax had most of the ball.
    Also of note Desavio Payne saw his first Eredivisie minutes since Nov. 2017.


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