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 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.
Wednesday June 2, 2010 1:02 pm
Instead of being part of building something positive and good in the USA, Rossi, being a frontrunner, thought he could hitch on to what has too often proven to be an Italian juggernaut.

Rossi bit the hand of the USA, land of his birth, land which fed and nurtured him. Upon scoring twice against a shorthanded USA side last summer at the Confed Cup, his grandstanding displays of unrestrained jubulation added further insults and injuries.

A reasonable mind questions exactly what place or business Rossi's father had in being in the USA to begin with, other than availing himself of American resources of all types.

Good riddance to the pair of them, along with others of their ilk.
Wednesday June 2, 2010 12:54 pm
The US Team should send him a signed soccer ball and a postcard from South Africa saying "Wish you were here turncoat!"
Wednesday June 2, 2010 12:04 pm
are you dumb freddy adu is not playing for a bad team in greece they finished at the top half of the table get your facts right!

First of all if you will know the Greek League is way better than the mls come on the mls jajaja your saying that robbie findley or robbie rogers are better than adu yea right

and its not his fault BOB "Worst COACH EVER" Bradley doesnt like talent "ooo his not in good soccer form right now" but wait a moment your telling me benny failhaber is in good form he freaking sucks and Jonathan Bornstein is the worst defender ever
Wednesday June 2, 2010 11:33 am
@Mike -
First off thanks for a spirited but polite conversation! tough to find that on the web sometimes... yeah maybe my negative view of Italy's tactics come from 'professional' analysis, but I just don't see them as playing a free-flowing, passing type game. Honestly, the USA doesn't play much of that either most of the time. As a USA fan, I'm happy with a win of any sort, don't really care what it takes to get there. ;)

As I mentioned before, I think the USA was robbed in 2006 by some terrible calls in the game against Italy. But that's not Italy's fault, it's the fault of a referree who felt the need to makeup for the fact that Italy had a player (deservedly) ejected. Happens all the time and we all know it.

I just ran through the table and it appears that the earliest potential matchup between US-Italy would be in the semi's. If the USA can survive for that long, I will be a very happy fan. I may even have a pizza while I watch the game (but will be drinking a good quality American brew!)

Still don't like Rossi... and as an Italy fan I'd think you'd feel the same, no? Of course the USA has a long history of grabbing players based on dual citizenship (Dooley, Regis, Preki, etc.) but I've never been a huge fan of that. I think you should play for the country that made you. Rossi was born and raised in America, then turned his back on HIS country, end of story. To me it's poetic justice that he's being left out.
Wednesday June 2, 2010 10:03 am
@ Rob,

I think there is a lot of negative stereotyping based on antiquated English analysis that suggests the Italians are somehow sneaky and not deserving champions which I suspect is due to the English believing they deserve more than their solitary championship, but if you look at the Italian victory over Germany in the 06 semis you see this is simply not the case. It's a matter of tactics, taste and symantics I suppose; and whose lens you view the game through. Many Americans seem to be brought up with the England version of things. I am not speaking to the troubles of match-fixing here which I conceed is more prevelant in Italy than in England (although English football is showing it is not without match-fixing controversy lately). I'd love to see the US and Italy meet again because it's always an exciting go round, I haven't checked the tables to see if it's possible though, is it? Mike (AS ROMA)
Wednesday June 2, 2010 9:02 am
Good. I hope he never plays in a World Cup.
Wednesday June 2, 2010 8:02 am
i can understand Subotic leaving as he wasn't treated well here but Rossi is a traitor.

He played for Italy b/c he wanted to win and be a celebrity, something you cant be in America if you are a soccer player.
Mike E.
Wednesday June 2, 2010 3:23 am
Serves Giuseppe right, though I think his father is just as culpable:

Daddy moves with him to Parma? Didn't they have relatives ANYWHERE in Italy that could have shown him the ropes? No, Daddy went with him. Daddy chose his son's national team.
Wednesday June 2, 2010 2:05 am
Any pro torn between two nations has every right to choose one. Rossi did nothing dishonorable there.

But if he thinks anyone here should care how he feels American off the field when he was born here but chose to play there, he can eat a crap sandwich.
Joel Perez
Wednesday June 2, 2010 12:55 am
F that guy, that's what he gets for turning his back on the country where he was born, go USA
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