Sunday, August 10, 2008
American-Born Giuseppe Rossi Shines for
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Giuseppe Rossi, was born and lived in
Rossi has a powerful left-footed shot, and a display of crafty dribbling skills, darting runs and clever passing.
aware of Rossi's talents,
9 August, 2008
American-born striker Giuseppe Rossi had the option of playing for the
They're saying ``grazie'' in
Rossi has a powerful left-footed shot, and he teamed up with striker Sebastian Giovinco to give the Honduran defense fits, putting on a display of crafty dribbling skills, darting runs and clever passing.
Fully aware of Rossi's talents,
``I had my choice and I took it,'' Rossi told The Associated Press. ``I can't thank the US enough for the opportunity to even let me have the choice, but, you know, my heart was always set on playing for Italy but when the US plays I'm always cheering for them.''
``They had the early match, won 1-0 and are first in the group now, which is always nice because first of all I have a few friends on that team, Danny Szetela, for one, and now I have my new teammate Jozy Altidore,'' Rossi said.
Altidore recently signed a six-year deal with Rossi's club, Villarreal, which finished runner-up to champion Real Madrid last season and will play in the Champions League this year.
Rossi said he was happy to have a kid from the neighborhood join him in
``I think it's something nice to have a 'paisano' _ how would you say that in English? a buddy from the same state, from the same country playing on my team, so it's going to be nice to have Jozy around.''
Rossi speaks like a guy from
``Maybe I am forgetting a bit of English,'' he joked.
At the age of 12, he moved from the
In the summer of 2007, he signed a six-year contract with Villarreal, and scored 11 goals in 27 matches in his first season with the club.
As excited as he is about his Villarreal's prospects this year, he's focused for now on taking care of business in
And who knows, maybe he'll get the chance to vie for a gold with his buddies from the
``I wish them the best of luck,'' he said. ``And hopefully we can meet in the finals.''
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