Preview Let me start this off by telling you that Giuseppe Rossi deserves a -5 but I gave him 1 point for loving soccer so he gets a -4 in my book.
Story For those of you who don't know this story, Giuseppe Rossi, a profession soccer player who excelled at a young age, was picked up by Manchester United at the age of 17, and currently scores a goal in every 3 games he plays was born in Northern New Jersey. Because his parents were both Italian immigrant, Rossi was giving duel citizenship for the US and Italy. In 2006, Bruce Arena, who was then the head coach for the US National Team, invited Rossi to the Pre-World Cup Camp and Rossi declined. Instead Rossi decided he wanted to play for the Italians, which he didn't even play for in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Opinion Talk about spitting in your home country's face. The country that birthed you, taught you how to play soccer as a kid and ultimately wanted to praise your very existence. But no, Giuseppe Rossi had to look better than all the rest and not get stuck playing for "low-level" national team. He even went as far as to score two gaols against the US at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009, but that's okay because the US ended up advancing further than the reigning World Cup Champs, MUAHAHA!
Reason To Back My Opinion It is now 2010 and the World Cup in South Africa is only weeks away. Yes, I and many other US Soccer fans are pissed at Giuseppe Rossi who will be playing in the World Cup in South Africa. But nothing made me more mad than the fact that he decided to allow ESPN, who frankly knows nothing about soccer, write an article about him being the only American with a chance at winning the World Cup. The fact that he thinks people in the US who read ESPN magazine would become a fan of his because he walked away from the chance to be the US National Team's star player is pure stupidity.
What Will Come Ultimately what will come of this? Well, I'm glad you asked! Both the US and Italy will go to the World Cup. Giuseppe Rossi will probably score a goal or two and he'll go down in the books a just another member of the Italian team. Where US players like Jozy Altidore (Haitian), Carlos Bocanegra (Mexican), Stuart Holden (Scottish), Benny Failhaber (Brazilian), and more will go down in history as the US National Soccer Team players who not only helped put US Soccer on the map, but represented the country that they can call home.
Remember I hope you remember this story when watching the World Cup this summer and think about all the guys out there who could have played for someone else but had enough heart to put a mark on the history of US Soccer, unlike Giuseppe Rossi.
UPDATE Today (6/1/2010), it was announced that Rossi did not make the Italian team to go to South Africa for the World Cup. I kind of feel bad for the guy. But its kind of weird to think that if he played for the US National Team he'd probably be in a hotel in South Africa right now...
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Giuseppe Rossi (born February 1, 1987) is an American-born Italian footballer who plays for the Spanish club Villarreal as a second striker. He was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, in the United States, and has dual American and Italian citizenship; he made his debut for Italy in October 2008, scoring his first international goal in June 2009.