LIPPI SWINGS AXE ON ROSSI
RECAPS
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The number of Americans playing in the World Cup this summer was reduced by one today as Giuseppe Rossi was cut from the Italian World Cup team by head coach Marcello Lippi.

Rossi, 23, was born in New Jersey to Italian born parents and famously turned down repeated requests to play for the United States in hopes to play for the country of his heritage.

In 2005 US head coach Bruce Arena tried to call Rossi in for a friendly against Scotland and Rossi declined. He also declined a World Cup invitation from Arena in 2006.

Rossi has continuously tried to play both sides of his dual nationalities.

In 2009, he admitted to Goal.com that being considered an Italian player made things easier for him career-wise.

"I have always dreamed of being a professional player," Rossi told the website. "It is easier to do so in Italy."

Rossi has also made strange comments about feeling different emotions once he steps on the field and this has played a role in his choice.

"Off the field, I have always felt American. On the field I've always felt Italian," Rossi told ESPN last month.

Rossi played a role for the Italian team this cycle in World Cup qualifying and in the Confederations Cup where he scored two goals against a 10-man United States team. The Italians, however, failed to advance out of the group where the US went to the finals. His only other goal for Italy was against Northern Ireland in a friendly in Pisa.

If Rossi's overall dream is to play in a World Cup, his decision to play for Italy has backfired in a tremendous way. While he still has a chance to play for Italy in four years, he likely would have been a starter this summer for the United States up top with Jozy Altidore.

After watching both his countries play in the World Cup this summer on television, Rossi will focus on finding a club team after his contract with Villarreal runs out this summer. The American will try and hope to break into the Italian team once again as they prepare for Euro 2012 qualifying in the fall.
Brandon
Saturday June 5, 2010 10:43 am
Miguel

You are an idiot, plain and simple. Listen, like Rob said earlier, if you are born here you are AMERICAN! No if's, and's or but's about it. You didn't learn English until you were six and still don't speak it at home?

As far as soccer goes it is the second most participation sport in the states (behind basketball). Yes, the United States is not a world power (yet) and the MLS will not be confused with EPL, La Liga or Series A but there are quality players here and the best is yet to come.

Bottom line - if you don't like it here that boat your family came here on for a better way of life goes two ways...go back to Portugal which until about 10 years ago was considered a third world country.
Miguel
Friday June 4, 2010 9:19 pm
Dont y'all the move overseas is coming in my future but you guys need to understand under Italian he's just as much Italian as anyone born there by being born to Italian parents.... I'm such a moron for being proud of my heritage, I'm American on paper only, I didnt even speak english till i was like 6 and I still dont speak english at home nor will I ever, I dont watch that stupid form of rugby you people play in this country or that 4 hour event you call a sport (baseball) which has the nerve to call its league champions the world champions....The only thing is I love the world's game and I want to see it grow here. I believe there are talented players here. In fact I wish Clint Dempsey were Portuguese thats how much I like him as a player. But the structure of US Soccer and the lack of youth academies and the mediocre professional league really stunt the national team's growth and hurts its chances of ever being a true contender so when someone has the oppertunity to play for the country of their heritage and culture you've grown up in, why wouldn't especially when that country has a much more realistic chance of actually winning the world cup... I dont expect everyone to understand but anyone who's first generation born in the u.s. and maintains their culture and speaks their native tongue would do the same given the oppertunity.
Calitos
Friday June 4, 2010 6:52 pm
Miguel you're crazy. Debut at the world cup when he's 30 something? You make it seem like if the whole Italian federation is going to stop their youth players from ever trying to make the senior team because of this one man, Rossi.

I don't understand this notion I feel "American" off the field and "Italian" on the field. I wonder what the gap is between these two emotions?

Personally I can't say I don't like the guy or any of us for that matter we don't know him like that. But one thing I do know is that I agree with everybody else about his alliance to Italy is wrong. You have the oppotunity to play for the United States and start (it's not like the US is San Marino or Jamaica some small country team) the US can compete. Instead you choose to play for Italy? I understand if you're a superstar already in the making, but honestly Rossi is below in the depth chart. Italy prefers to have its players playing in Seria A than outside of the country.

Rossi, in my opinion, I hope you keep getting called to the World Cup camps to just get cut again. Rude, but true...
rob
Friday June 4, 2010 12:42 pm
@Miguel -

You are a moron. He was born in America, so he is an American. If, as you say, you were born in America, then you are an American. That's it, period, end of story.

However, with the attitude you've put on display in your ridiculous post, I'd prefer you moved back to Portugal too, whether or not you can play the game.

Cheers!
eurofan
Friday June 4, 2010 12:08 pm
Hey miguel you rather play for your country that's cool but to come on this website talk your nonsense about the us and not support it. Move back to Portugal!... I half portugesse and Guatemalan but I still support the country I was born in! People like you need to go back where you came if you can't support your country or hate it. Remember you live in the usa if you don't get off the site
Miguel
Friday June 4, 2010 2:51 am
Haters can hate but the bottom line is he's Italian, it just happens he was born here,,,I was born here too but if I were a good enough player)as he is) I'd take the chance and choose to play for my real country (Portugal). Those are my people and i'd rather represent them even though it seriously reduces the chances of going to a world cup. You can hate on him now cuz he was cut but he's young (which is exactly why Lippi didnt pick him) and judging the way Italy picks their national team then he'll have a good shot of finally debuting at a world cup somewhere in his 30's when he could already be suiting up for his second cup next saturday. The difference is even if he only gets picked once, he will go into that cup with the one thing the USA team will never be able to give him... a realistic chance of winning the world cup. Here that'd just be laughable. I'd rather play in one world cup and maybe win it representing not just my country but my heritage and my ethnicity than go to 4 or 5 on a mediocre team each time. Forza Rossi!!
Tom
Thursday June 3, 2010 6:13 pm
Rossi should take the anger a lot of Americans are directing at him right now as a compliment. If the guy wasn't exactly what the USMNT needs (a striker with legitimate goal-scoring ability), people wouldn't care nearly as much.

You don't see nearly as much complaining about Subotic around the internet, since most fans seem to believe that Gooch/DeMerit is solid enough in the middle after their performance in the Confed Cup.

Do I think it's amusing that Rossi may never get to play in a World Cup? Yep. But I also think the kind of crap people are sending to his twitter is classless and pointless. What's done is done. Let's work on developing the "next Rossi" instead.
huricano
Wednesday June 2, 2010 11:58 pm
I think its too bad he won't be with us, but I hope he gets to go to World Cup and has a great career. Maybe he can come back and open a soccer club in NJ. Unless dual nationality is abolished, and migration flows change more and more players will make strategic decisions regarding international football. Lets just get used to it. Maybe as nations are blurred by globalism international football will be weakened. However, this is out of our control, and well still have teams like Inter (zero Italians) and Arsenal (virtually zero English) that entertain us vastly.
Kisel
Wednesday June 2, 2010 1:52 pm
I can't stand this guy. Guaranteed starter for the US this year and barring injury or qualification issues 2 more cups as well. I can't stand this BS excuse:

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"In 2009, he admitted to Goal.com that being considered an Italian player made things easier for him career-wise.

"I have always dreamed of being a professional player," Rossi told the website. "It is easier to do so in Italy."
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Anyone can see right through this. At the time of this article he was lighting up La Liga and already spent time at Manchester United. How could being considered an American hurt his career at that point when he already was a part of the biggest team in the world? What a terrible career decision. He is on the cover of ESPN as being America's best player in the world cup, haha. This guy could have been a legend, scoring goals against England, Mexico etc, now he is just a role player for a country loaded with stars, a face in the crowd
Mike
Wednesday June 2, 2010 1:40 pm
We're happy to take Jermaine Jones, has he even to the US, or Benny Feilhaber from Rio de Janeiro but when Rossi goes to the country both his parents are from and the country where he developed as a professional player he's somehow evil. We cannot have it both ways.

I wish Rossi played for the US. It would be awesome to have him on our team. After he snubbed us I get some satisfaction out of him being cut from the Italian national team but I'll get more satisfaction out of the US team doing well without him. The better we do the more dual nationals will want to be on the US team.
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