Americans, do you feel hatred for Giuseppe Rossi?

Posted by - June 16, 2009 - International, Vote

Italian-American is definitely Italian today

Ex-Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi was Italy’s goalscoring hero last night as he bagged a brace to help the Azzurri come from a goal down to beat 10-man USA. That is the same USA where Rossi was born and spent the first 13 years of his life.

I have read some angry comments from some Americans this morning who see Rossi as a bit of a Judas figure, having turned down a US call-up prior to the 2006 World Cup. Others have been more circumspect and argued that since Rossi is clearly good enough to play for Italy, he would have been daft to settle for the USA.

Do you feel Rossi rage?

  • Matty Dub

    It’s not like his great great grandmother’s first husband’s sister was italian…

  • hollis

    Appears that 28% of the voters either aren’t american or don’t care.

    Next time Wales play watch their players as the national anthem rings out in Welsh. I’m pretty sure that Rossi at least speaks Italian and can mime the anthem.

  • Mic

    You can’t moan, look at Vieira, Podolski, Klose, Deco etc… players who play for a country where they weren’t born yet they’ll play for a different country because they’re too good for their own or not good enough for their own or maybe just a loyalty they have to one country and not the other. Half the people who voted won’t be American, I know, I voted and i’m anything but American! If Rossi chose to play for America he’d be doing what Ibrahimovic and Heinze did and play for the country they were born rather than the country where their parents were born (Ibra had Bosnian and Croatian parents, Heinze had Italian and French or something).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Usama-Waheed/899210433 Usama Waheed

    Forgot to mention Marcos Senna, Mic, I’d say he’s good enough for Spain AND Brazil! Goodness knows when Brazil will produce a hard man to get the tackles in.

  • Zekky

    This happens ALL the time, big deal. I would rather play for Italy then toil in the CONCACAF Gold Cup as well. Numerous examples have already been cited, Hargreaves snubbing Canada, Bojan Krkic choosing Spain over Serbia, I also think Subotic snubbed the USA to play for Serbia as well. It is what it is, and will continue to happen in the future!

  • http://www.sportsrubbish.com Jonathan

    It would be great if he played for the U.S., but it’s entirely up to him. The U.S. has had plenty of athletes play for the country who were not born here, in soccer as well as in other sports. It would be hypocritical to welcome these athletes, yet be angry about someone else playing for another country.

  • Hugo

    I was annoyed he chose Italy over USA, but the main reason I hate him is because he celebrated like he did after the goals. Podolski didn’t celebrate against Poland, and the others tend to show some respect, but Rossi didn’t, and that is why I hate him!

  • http://wedontknowfootball.com/ wdkf

    i think some of the americans are just bitter that he scored against them.

  • Tommy

    lets put all this in perspective…..

    lets say england were crap, actual crap, not just the under achievers we are used to
    …and a kid comes up from lets say Peckham and looks to be class….
    he has a grandmother from spain and he decides to play with them….
    he could be the answer to all the english scoring woes and a revelation that leads to a huge comeback to glory….
    but he stays with spain…
    can you imagine the backlash then?
    i dont think the americans are being whiny, just sad they are missing out….The judas comments are natural and please dont say they would be any different anywhere else….

    That being said, i have no problem with him playing for italy…he has played with them since u-16 and was in parma in 2000….he has made his choice and it was a dangerous one….was he going to be good enough? could he displace the italian front men? that remains to be seen….

    I have no problem with him playing for italy but to me he is still a judas, no paul ince or defoe but a judas all the same….

    i do have a problem with those who develop with one country and play in their youth ranks and make the switch….not cool

  • Sam

    Yep, hate him. There are probably more Italy fans in American than US ones. These are fans who could not name five italian players mind you, but every time they win anything you hear all kinds of forza italia nonsense. Rossi is an enabler to that end.

    I don’t blame him for the loss, the game was nasty and what Italy’s defenders were getting away with on Landon made me feel like a parent in china watching his kid get beat up by secret police.

    Since that lousy game in ’06 I’ve always wondered why the Italians always have to play the USA with so little class. I mean, yes, we’re not as good as them by just about any metric, but for some reason they always play really dirty against us. Rossi is the symbol of all of that.

  • Kasia

    He was born in new Jersey and spend a couple of years there, but his blood is pure Italian (both parents are Italian), and later he moved to Italy. Is it really that strange that he’s chosen to play for Italy? He’s made his choice and obviously now he’s giving all he’s got to Italy. What was he supposed to do? Lay on the pitch? Score an own goal for each of his goals against the USA?

    Podolski is a different case; he was born in Poland, spent his childhood there, and has Polish parents. Rossi would be like him if he had chosen to play for the USA.

    Those who complain about Rossi are probably just bitter American losers searching for a scapegoat.

  • Evan

    How could you not hate him? He’s essentially the same as the Jersey Guidos you see with blowout haircuts and excessive tans.

  • Darryl Portelli

    he should be proud to be born in america and should play for the USA. look at ryan giggs. he chose wales when he had the chance to play for england. he never played in a world cup. if rossi chose USA he would still play in the world cup and do well.

  • Louwrens

    America, fuck yeah!

  • Fran

    He’s as much italian as he’ american, come on! Can you really blame him for pursuing his dream and choose to play for a nation where soccer is THE sport over one where it only ranks 5th or 6th? Honestly, how many of you would not do the same? This doesn’t mean that he loves his birthcountry less, and his joy after scoring is all natural, he didn’t see his fellow countrymen on the other side, only his opponents for the night.

  • MarkVA

    as far as i’m concerned Americans 3 (Donovan, Rossi 2) Italians (De Rossi) 1. he lived in America til he was 12 or 13 and he is only 22. and ask him where his parents live… oh ya… AMERICA… land of opportunity. I wonder how true italians feel knowin their boiz ain’t good enough to score against the US, but Rossi, a “DUAL- citizen,” is. LOLZ sad day for the world champions

  • dc spur

    It was the way he celebrated which was insulting. Podolski did not do that in the euros. And to some of the previous posters – the U.S. is not crap – the talent has grown and we were going toe to toe with the Italians prior to another ridiculous call against the Americans. This will be the third straight major international tournament we have been dumped due to poor officiating. Frings in the 2002 world cup, 2 players sent off vs. Italy and worst penalty call vs. Ghana, now a tremendously harsh red in the first 30 min in confed cup. Anti-americanism is so rampant that is doubtful the US will ever be able to advance far. Sounds like sour grapes sure – but this is a damn pattern.

  • Kirk Richard

    Honestly, what really pisses me off about Rossi isnt that he plays for Italy. He’s not the first and the last to do the whole country switch thing. Yes, it pisses me off that he celebrated like he did. At the same time i can understand. He is just starting to come up at a international level for a legendary italian team and is really starting to make his mark. im sure scoring like he did for the Italians was a dream come true

    What really pisses me off is the fact that we have fucking landon donovan. We could have Jozy and Rossi upfront but instead we have landon freaking donovan. my hatred for this man is unrivaled and i hate that he is the “best” we have to offer. As a fan of soccer and american citizen obviously i want to root for the US, but it has become almost impossible when you watch other leagues and know how bad we really are. We really have nobody. If we had Rossi up front paired with Jozy i could at least find a reason to watch. Rossi would be a sign of hope. Of belief. As a jersey resident i would be proud to watch and support rossi. Instead, im watching donovan. Mr i only score when theres a penalty shot donovan. i hate my life. Rossi made being a USMNT fan even more heartbreaking

  • Kirk Richard

    What really pisses me off is the fact that we have fucking landon donovan. We could have Jozy and Rossi upfront but instead we have landon freaking donovan. my hatred for this man is unrivaled and i hate that he is the “best” we have to offer. As a fan of soccer and american citizen obviously i want to root for the US, but it has become almost impossible when you watch other leagues and know how bad we really are. We really have nobody. If we had Rossi up front paired with Jozy i could at least find a reason to watch. Rossi would be a sign of hope. Of belief. As a jersey resident i would be proud to watch and support rossi. Instead, im watching donovan. Mr i only score when theres a penalty shot donovan. i hate my life. Rossi made being a USMNT fan even more heartbreaking

  • Tommy

    quite right…america is not crap….Western Samoa is crap, Andorra is crap, America is just crap compared to the big football nations….
    Can you honestly see them competing with the likes of the truly world class countries? no of course not….the world ranking of 14 may be a bit rich but probably not that far off…but those world rankings are silly because italy is clearly not the 4th best squad in the world…even with their precious Giuseppe Rossi who has a grand total of 3 senior international goals (albeit in just 6 games)

    And Kirk, i bet to differ…i believe my dislike of Landycakes eclipses your own…He is the bane of my existence…and it hurts my heart when americans talk him up, especially our delightful commentators….

    I dont think we will be a football power ever….well not until our top athletes move to football…i think we are a top country in the world in athletic achievements and talent, we just dont apply that to the football world…..

    So carry on my fellow Americans….it has been and will continue to be a long road…

  • DC Spur

    Tommy – We were competing quite well until THE RED CARD. And after that we even took the lead. Any team would struggle with 10 vs. 11 against Italy. The point is not that the US is as good as Italy or England or France or Spain. But we can compete with them and on a good day get a result.

  • Joe

    I never really associated Rossi with being a US player so I guess I couldn’t really call him a traitor. It’s each player’s right to play for whatever country he’s eligible to play for provided he is talented enough to be included in the squad. I’m pretty sure we’ve picked up a few players over the years who’s origins weren’t 100% American. Preki, Frankie Klopas, Hugo Perez, Thomas Dooley, Fernando Clavijo, Janusz Michallik etc. So it’s a bit of a double-edged sword.

  • jg

    American here and don’t give a rip about american ‘soccer’ so don’t care about him like. And who would want to play with landy cakes?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Usama-Waheed/899210433 Usama Waheed

    David Beckham, apparently.

  • Tommy

    Fair play and well said DC Spur…the red card did change the game and there was a mountain to climb after that…

    for me “competing” is a relative term…as of now the US does play well in big games, tries to nick an odd goal and gets an odd result against one of the big guys now and then…

    The US has a problem of playing down to the level of their competitors….this is great against the giants but terrible against the guppies….we just need players to develop that have that killer instinct…ones that can put games away…

    we are missing defenders and mids with some steel and a goal scorer or two that can change games…and then one forward up front stuff needs to go…if it didnt work for rooney, it wont work for any of our guys…

    I want to see the US team be able to go for the three points instead of trying to play for just one…thats what i meant by compete…

    everything you said is 100% correct….i just dream of the day when i can watch a match and not hope for getting a draw…i know just a few countries really have a chance of winning every time they go out but i would love to support a US team that is one of those few…

  • jg

    That was probably posh usama.