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Alex On June - 20 - 2009

Why All The Hate On Rossi In America?

Why all the hate on Giuseppe Rossi? What happened to that rugged individualism America was built on? What about the failure of the feeder system for the men’s team isn’t some of the blame for poor performance on the shoulders of those who have designed an inadequate system?

Rossi played most of his ball in Europe and NOT in the US. He was offered a position on the Parma youth team at the ripe age of 13. He travelled to Manchester England when United bought his contract at 17. In 2007 Manchester United sold Rossi to Spanish club Villarreal for an undisclosed fee, for whom he has made 57 appearance in the Primera. Turning to his international career, Rossi has represented Italy at almost every youth level from U-16 to U-21 and NOT the US. He was only invited to train with the US squad by former US national team Bruce Arena as late as 2006 at a pre-World Cup camp and only then did he decline a “training” offer by the Americans.

Italy came calling in 2007 for the UEFA U21 by head coach Pierluigi Casiraghi and made 21 appearances scoring 11 goals. At the 2008 Summer Olympics he scored four goals, making him the top scorer for the tournament, despite only reaching the quarter final.

In the final analysis Rossi is as much European as he is American. If the US are so hard up for players to fill national team positions build a better league, train a better coaching staff or better yet, sent them abroad so they can return better prepared and tactically ready to take on a Brazil or Italy.

In the words of my Jamaican waiter at the Real Jerk in Toronto, “stop ya blogclot cry’in”

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