US qualifies for Copa América despite 2-1 loss at Trinidad after Sergiño Dest ejected for arguing

1 of 8 | United States’ Brenden Aaronson, center, fights for the ball with Trinidad and Tobago’s Shannon Gomez, right, and Real Gill, left, during a CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal soccer match in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Azlan Mohammed) 2 of 8 | Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Denzil Smith, center, catches a shot from United States’ Giovanni Reyna, right, during a CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal soccer match at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Azlan Mohammed) 3 of 8 | United States’ goalkeeper Matthew Turner, center, reacts after catching a goal from Trinidad and Tobago’s Albin Jones, during a CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal soccer match at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Azlan Mohammed) 4 of 8 | United States’ Malik Tillman, down, fights for the ball with Trinidad and Tobago’s Daniel Phillips, top, during a CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal soccer match at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Azlan Mohammed) Sergiño Dest lost his composure in a needless dispute with the referee, getting a pair of yellow cards for dissent in a 30-second span that endangered the United States’ berth in next year’s Copa América.

Trinidad won 2-1 on Monday night in Port-of-Spain, overcoming a deficit by scoring twice after Dest’s 39th-minute ejection left the U.S. a man short. The Americans held on to win the total-goals series 4-2 and earn spots in the 16-nation Copa América and the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals.

U.S. captain Tim Ream revealed there were “choice words” for Dest at halftime.

“Not too many things I can say here publicly that we said privately,” Ream said. “It’s a complete lack of respect […]

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