- The incident occurred during the United States’ game against Trinidad & Tobago
- Sergino Dest punted the ball away from the field in addition to arguing
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United States men’s national team defender Sergino Dest was ejected from the team’s match for picking up two yellow cards less than 20 seconds apart on Monday night.
In the USA’s second leg of the CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal against Trinidad & Tobago, Dest took exception with a call from the referee where he thought he kept the ball in bounds. Head referee Walter Lopez saw things differently.
Upon hearing the call giving a throw in to Trinidad & Tobago, Dest immediately picked up the ball and punted it off the field, picking up his first yellow card of the match.
Dest was trying to be consoled by teammates such as Gio Reyna and Yunus Musah, but the fullback continued to yell at the defender. At times, he held his hand over his mouth, likely to not have his cuss words picked up by cameras.
After appearing to say one negative thing too many, Lopez pulled out a second yellow card for Dest, who, after getting his marching orders, blew a kiss in the referee’s direction and continued to talk smack.
Sergino Dest was sent off for picking up two yellow cards less than 20 seconds apart
Dest’s outburst was quickly vilified by his teammates including Matt Turner (pictured)
USA captain Tim Ream was quick to get into Dest’s face to point out his rage was a bad look
The American captain for the evening, Fulham’s Tim Ream, who is usually calm and collected, was seen furious yelling at Dest as he walked off the field.
Ream was joined quickly by USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner, who plays for Premier League club Nottingham Forest, in yelling at Dest.
At one point, Turner was seen shoving Dest to walk off the field quicker, while the defender still animatedly talking at someone, most likely Lopez, who was off-camera.
The United States was up 4-0 on aggregate of the Nations League quarterfinal at the time of the incident.
However, Trinidad and Tobago’s Reon Moore scored against the 10-man United States four minutes after Dest picked up his yellow cards.