US Soccer Drama: The US Men’s National Team faced an unexpected setback with a 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal’s second leg. Despite the loss, they secured a spot in the semifinals with a 4-2 aggregate score.
The match began positively for the US, as Fulham defender Antonee Robinson netted a goal after 25 minutes. However, the game took a dramatic turn when Sergiño Dest received two yellow cards in 30 seconds, leading to his expulsion. Dest, who played a crucial role in Robinson’s goal, was booked for kicking the ball into the stands in frustration and then received another yellow for berating the referee and blowing kisses.
After the match, Dest took to social media, acknowledging his actions as “unacceptable, selfish, and immature,” apologizing to teammates, staff, fans, and the nation. US captain Tim Ream expressed bewilderment at Dest’s behavior, citing a “complete lack of respect” for the game, players, and referees.
Despite being down a player, Trinidad and Tobago secured a 2-1 victory with goals from Reon Moore and Alvin Jones. However, the US, having won the first leg 3-0 in Texas, advanced to the semifinals.
The CONCACAF Nations League also serves as qualifiers for the 2024 Copa América. By reaching the last four, the US has secured its spot, while Trinidad and Tobago will contest a single-elimination match for a chance to be one of the six CONCACAF teams participating.