The 20-year-old Dest, born in Almere, has an American father and a Dutch mother and therefore has two passports. In 2019 he made the choice for the United States national team. Dest previously played for US national youth teams.
“I just had to shoot,” said the defender afterwards. “I was so happy because we really needed that goal. It was an important goal. We can’t lose anymore.”
Second behind Mexico
After the equalizer, the United States wanted more and with a bit of luck, Dest’s team eventually came out on top. Timothy Weah’s shot flew over the post and substitute keeper Leonel Moreira, who had come in for the injured Keylor Navas, into Costa Rica’s goal.
The United States are second (11 points from 6 matches) in the qualifying group of North and Central America for the World Cup in Qatar. Mexico leads the table with 14 points from 6 games. The United States and Mexico will play against each other on November 12.