The Giuseppe Rossi Fan Club Perplexes Me
I saw a lot of random and interesting things yesterday at Steve Nash's Showdown in Chinatown. B-baller Nate Robinson dropping off crosses and attacking from the wing like his name was Thierry Henry. A huddle of NBA wives. Youri Djorkaeff blasting one off the crossbar from 2o+ yds out like it was 1998. Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley scoring and celebrating by scaling a fence.
But nothing was more intriguing/disturbing/perplexing than the sight of a gaggle of young New Yorkers -including one in a U.S. soccer kit- cheering and chanting for Giuseppe Rossi. In all honesty I actually thought he'd be the recipient of a barrage of boos by U.S. supporters high on post-Algeria glory but surprisingly there wasn't a peep from the haters.
Seriously, the sh*t was weird. Frustrating too because watching Rossi from the endline just left of goal you could see that the dude has skill that the USMNT doesn't possess outside of Donovan & perhaps Dempsey. Oh well though; he's playing in celebrity pick-up games while the Yanks are winning their group and heading to the round of 16. And after Italy's debacle against Slovakia today I'm sure he might be doing a bit of soul searching in regard to his off-the-field decision-making abilities.