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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 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.
Tuesday June 1, 2010 7:43 pm
Whatever happens, happens for the best. Findley who will take Rossi's place will become a pleasent surprise to the Americans. Rossi on the other hand will never get the kind of first season he had at Villarreal
Tuesday June 1, 2010 7:43 pm
@ Mike

Calling Torres an opportunist is about the most ridiculous thing I have seen posted on here. A kid that is from Texas and has US citizenship is not an "opportunist". He wears our shirt and deserves our respect. Get with it or support another team.
Tuesday June 1, 2010 7:40 pm
On the positive side, he is now available for the next season of "Jersey Shore". Seaside Heights is pretty nice this time of year.
Tuesday June 1, 2010 7:20 pm
I was kind of in a down mood today until I saw this headline. This made my day. I usually try not to despise people but I do despise Rossi. He has is place in American history right next to Benedict Arnold. What a jerk. Enjoy watching the World Cup again from your sofa for the second time in a row.
Tuesday June 1, 2010 7:07 pm
Calling Rossi a traitor is absurd. His parents were both Italian. He grew up in an Italian household speaking Italian; it doesn't matter where that was. He took the high road and stuck by what he believed in; being Italian. Guys like Torres are opportunists and I'm more cynical about that than I am about an Italian citizen wanting to play for his country. Cheers folks and enjoy the action in a couple weeks.
Ashley Watson
Tuesday June 1, 2010 6:24 pm
I am with Charlie G on last part of his comment about that we rather lose someone like him and have someone else who would play his heart out for USA. Now, that he have failed to make the cut twice, I am wondering if he continue to fail making the cut next three World Cup team cycles, will he regret??? Only we will know after 12 yrs from now.
lee shelley uk
Tuesday June 1, 2010 5:56 pm
guys agree with most of u,...he's american, a traitor, so watch the usa advance outa our group, draw with england, and choke on your spaghetti u traitor,rossi
paul lorinczi
Tuesday June 1, 2010 5:27 pm

His Dad past away this year. So, he will not have an opportunity to share the disappointment.

If I am not mistaken, Rossi was out most of the year with injury, so I am sure he was not showing much match fitness.
Tuesday June 1, 2010 5:26 pm
Mixed emotions. I feel sorry for him and I wondered even before he cut if the regrets his choice.
Tuesday June 1, 2010 5:06 pm
The difference is that Torres was born and raised in Texas, not Mexico. Had Torres grown up in Mexico, was raised in Mexican youth teams etc, then spurned them for the US, then they could get pissed. That's not the case here.

Rossi is a traitor. End of story. Screw him.
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