To Hell with Giusseppe Rossi…
Posted by americandust on January 30, 2008
Quick… name the best American Soccer Player? Donovan? Hardly. Adu? Not yet. Micheal Bradley? I like the way you’re thinking now. But most people would say Giusseppe Rossi… only the wonderkid isn’t playing for America and shouldn’t be considered American when it comes to soccer anymore. See, in world soccer you can pick your team you represent to some degree. You must play for one of the following: The country you were born in, the country your parents were born in, or in some cases, the country you have become a citizen of. But here’s the problem, once you’ve ever played in the full men’s national team (not counting the youth divisions) uniform you are tied to that national team for the rest of your life.
Rossi was born and raised in America (if you consider New Jersey to be America–I don’t sometimes) till he was 13. From there his Italain-born parents moved home and he went along and started playing on teams over there. He developed into one hell of a player and at age 20 years and 10 months became a bit of a sensation leading La Liga (the awesome Spanish league–the best in the world possibly) in scoring. When he turns 21 he will become forever tied to Italy unless he fills out some paperwork.
He turns 21 Feb 1st. So goes the former greatest American prospect.
I guess it evens things out as we have laid claims on Ghana-born Freddy Adu (who ironically once turned down moving, living, playing, and eventually appearing for Italy). Not sure that I wouldn’t have taken Rossi over Adu anyway.
So while Rossi tries to break into the Italian national team (which rarely plays players who live in other countries anyway) we are left with a great crop of Young Americans. If all goes well for Rossi he will be a part of an Italian team trying to repeat as World Cup champs.
Wouldn’t you rather be a part of building a new champion then trying to defend someone else’s? Would you rather your kid go play football for defending champ LSU or be the one to take the local home-state school to levels it never reached before?
Oh well… with Adu, Altidore, Micheal Bradly, Sach K., and many others we just might reach those summits without him. But the one thing America has always been missing is a great goal-scorer… we will have one (Altidore) but how dangerous could we have been with two?
So Giusseppe I say “Good Luck, but I hope you NEVER make it to the Italian national team and have to watch with envy when Altidore and the boys make it to World Cups you are left watching from your home in the Italian hills.”