This needs a comment.
Afterward, Donovan was dismissive of Rossi, saying, "If the guy doesn't want to play for us, then I don't really care about him."
Really. Are we going to get our knickers in a bunch if Vedad Ibisevic scores against the team? Because Bosnia might be in the same group in the World Cup. And Ibisevic very well might score the winning goal.
It cuts both ways. Some players spurn their heritage and play for the country they grew up in. Think Adu. And some are like Rossi. Soccer is full of these examples. Algeria could have really done with Zidane and Samir Nasri's help.
France, the same country that benefited from their participation chased Gonzalo Higuain, who chose to play for Argentina after David Trezeguet found no place under Raymond Domenech's team. Trezeguet himself had the option of playing for Argentina. Maybe he should have. France could have won the 2006 World Cup. Germany's scintillating attack which lifted a country's morose expectations was built around Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, two strikers of Polish extraction. At the same time, Poland went down ignominiously.
We can express feelings of deep disappointment without getting provincial. Sometimes soccer in the US is played in a deep vacuum.