Sergino Dest’s growing role with Dutch side PSV has continued through the early weeks of the fall schedule and the American now heads into U.S. men’s national team duty off the back of his best overall week at club level this season.
Dest helped PSV to back-to-back victories, logging 169 combined minutes in wins over Lens and PEC Zwolle respectively. The Barcelona loanee earned SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week honors after registering one assist and delivering solid shifts defensively.
PSV’s 1-0 triumph midweek over Lens helped them remain in the fight for advancement in the UEFA Champions League. Dest started and played 90 minutes at left back, helping limit one of the top attacks from Ligue 1.
After excelling on the European level, Dest returned to Eredivisie play on Sunday and assisted on Malik Tillman’s goal in a 4-0 home triumph. He also won five of his seven duels and drew two fouls, helping PSV move to 12-0-0 in league play and seven points clear of second-place Feyenoord.
The 23-year-old Dest looks at home in Eindhoven and could very well earn himself a permanent move there if he continues to excel in Peter Bosz’s squad.
Here is a look at some of the other top Americans Abroad performers from this past week:
Joe Scally is continuing to earn a starting role for Borussia Moenchengladbach and the Bundesliga side is reaping the rewards of Scally’s growing development.
Scally registered one assist in Gladbach’s 4-0 home league triumph over Wolfsburg, excelling on both ends of the field. The 20-year-old led all players with three tackles completed, while also completing 89% of his passes (60/69) and winning seven of his nine duels overall.
Gerardo Seoane’s squad heads into the international break unbeaten in their last four matches across all competitions.
A busy week for Belgian side Genk concluded on Sunday with Mark McKenzie helping the club get back to winning ways.
McKenzie played 90 minutes in Genk’s 3-1 home triumph over OH Leuven, a result that moved it to fourth place in the Pro League standings. The 24-year-old won five duels, made two interceptions, and five clearances to help Genk rebound from last week’s defeat to Royal Antwerp.
McKenzie had been in-and-out of the squad in recent weeks, but returned in style this past weekend.
It’s been tough sledding for Westerlo in league play, but Bryan Reynolds helped the club enter the international break on a positive note.
A 3-3 draw with Sint-Truiden featured a 90-minute shift from Reynolds, as well as one assist. The 22-year-old full back also won three duels and made seven recoveries as he continues to play a leading role in the squad.
Reynolds now has 12 league appearances under his belt this season while Westerlo sits 15th in the league table.
Eintracht Braunschweig still has a long way to go if it wants to avoid relegation from the 2. Bundesliga this season, but Johan Gomez will be among those fighting to give them a chance.
Gomez scored his first goal for the club in a 3-2 home victory over Osnabruck this past weekend. The 22-year-old headed home the opening goal and also created three additional scoring chances in the match.
After a long drought without a goal, Gomez will certainly have some confidence when Eintracht Braunschweig returns to action later this month.
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