Originally Posted by MWM
I don't understand the hate for Rossi. His parents are Italian he moved there when he was 12. He lives in Europe and plays there. Why would he want to travel over here every time they played. And how many guys as good as him who live in Europe wouldn't rather play for Italy than the US. The US has a big international event every 4 years, Italy has one every other year. It's a more desirable situation and he lived there for much of his life.
I thought he lived in the US through high school and played for the Clifton, NJ High School team (which I think his dad coached, but I could be mistaken). Then he was signed by Parma's youth squad and moved overseas.
I wish he chose to play with the US, but this certainly isn't unprecedented. It's not like he moved through the ranks of US Soccer and then bailed. I don't think he ever had any intention of playing for the US. On the other hand, I believe the US has a player who was born in Mexico.