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Sergino Dest exclusive: Why he chose U.S. over Netherlands, the pride of playing for Ajax

AMSTERDAM -- In the end, Sergino Dest's decision to represent the U.S. came down to two things: trust and loyalty. The sparkling Ajax right-back shut himself away from the noise as he weighed whether to play for the U.S., whom he'd represented through the various youth levels, or the Netherlands, the country of his birth. Amid the social media frenzy, Dest knew he'd made the right call.

"A lot of people only want you when it's going well," Dest told ESPN while sitting in the heart of Ajax's...

By ESPN Staff

United States to play Netherlands friendly in March

The United States men's national team close the year with a 4-0 win over Cuba in the CONCACAF Nations League.

The United States will play the Netherlands on March 26 at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.

The match is one of two that the U.S. will play during the March international window. It will kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET.

The games mark the first road friendlies of manager Gregg Berhalter's tenure. The Dutch, who currently sit 14th in FIFA's rankings, are the fourth team inside the top 20 to play the U.S. since the start of 2019.

"One of the important parts of continuing...

Euro 2020 draw: Who are the favourites, who are the no-hopers?

See where Cristiano Ronaldo's strike lands on the top goals from the latest Euro qualifiers.
Shaka Hislop goes international this week and dishes his Euro 2020 power rankings.
How will Real Madrid and their fans react to Gareth Bale's dig at the club after Wales' Euro qualifying victory?

The draw for the 2020 European Championship finals is on Saturday (watch live on ESPNEWS and ESPN3 from noon ET in the U.S.). There are 20 teams who have secured their place in the draw, with another four spots yet to be decided via playoffs.

Here we look at the contenders, outsiders, wild cards and no-hopers for next summer's continent-spanning tournament, which will be broadcast live across ESPN networks from June 12-July 12.

Contenders

Much like in 2000, you could make an argument that world...

Barcelona director Abidal: Netherlands boss Koeman 'fits criteria'

Julien Laurens explains why Eric Abidal is already talking about pursuing Neymar again next summer.
Ale Moreno is surprised by Antoine Griezmann and Didier Deschamps' comments about Griezmann's role at Barca.
Shaka Hislop says there are no superlatives left to describe Lionel Messi's talent after another hat trick.

Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal has said Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman fits the criteria to coach Barcelona one day but that Ernesto Valverde retains the club's backing.

It was revealed recently that Koeman's contract with the Netherlands includes a clause that would allow him to join Barca after next summer's European Championships if the Catalan club come calling. 

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The pressure has been growing on Valverde...