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The choice which country to play for is binary; how people feel is a lot more nuanced. He may feel Italian or he may have made that choice (in part or fully) because of career/NT success considerations. He could also easily still think of NJ as home.

If the US is home and you choose to represent another country to win more... thats a bit of dick move.

Club is a job. The national team a player reps is their family. You can change jobs, not your family.

I have no issue with Rossi playing for Italy, but then hes Italian.

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If the US is home and you choose to represent another country to win more... thats a bit of dick move.

Club is a job. The national team a player reps is their family. You can change jobs, not your family.

I have no issue with Rossi playing for Italy, but then hes Italian.

Not saying he's not Italian, and I definitely don't know why he chose Italy. Just saying you also don't know what he feels like, and that choosing Italy does not necessarily mean he doesn't also consider US a (second?) home/country.

If he had chosen the US, it wouldn't have meant he was purely American and Italy meant nothing to him. Many examples in USMNT and other sports - Marion Jones waving a Belize flag along with the US one after winning Olympic titles comes to mind, doping notwithstanding

To the "you can change jobs, not your family" comment - far from a perfect analogy. You can definitely extend your family, you can't exactly play for both countries at the same time.

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If the US is home and you choose to represent another country ...


That is as much as we know, in this case, unless there is an interview somewhere stating more.
His Italian father took him to Italy, when he was 12. What choice did he have? Not go?
His dad also influenced him to choose Italy, AFAIK. So, no surprise.
Sure, his decision upset a lot of Yanks. I was not pleased, because I thought that he could do more for the US, and did not expect him to star for Italy.

We are good enough to beat the best teams, and bad enough to lose to the worst teams. 


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Not saying he's not Italian, and I definitely don't know why he chose Italy. Just saying you also don't know what he feels like, and that choosing Italy does not necessarily mean he doesn't also consider US a (second?) home/country.

If he had chosen the US, it wouldn't have meant he was purely American and Italy meant nothing to him. Many examples in USMNT and other sports - Marion Jones waving a Belize flag along with the US one after winning Olympic titles comes to mind, doping notwithstanding

To the "you can change jobs, not your family" comment - far from a perfect analogy. You can definitely extend your family, you can't exactly play for both countries at the same time.

Maybe the job/family analogy isnt perfect, but club is a job and the national team is supposed to be about more than that.

He can definitely feel NJ is his home or second home. And, people in the US can definitely feel zero attachment to him because of his choices. I dont agree with anyone that hates him for his choice, were in agreement there.




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