11.10.2010

Ireland Wants to Harvest Heritage in America

McDonald

So Ireland manager Giovanni Trappatoni wants to scour North America for players with Irish-sounding names to help bolster Ireland's national team. It sounds like he's not Euro-snobbing with this and willing to consider anyone in the hunt for new blood but it sounds kinda messed up in a way, almost offensive maybe to some people.

Take my mother-in-law for instance. She was born a Kelly (she's of Irish-American extraction) but married a Kerekes from Romania. After marrying and having a few kids, the family moved briefly to Kansas City. So one day my mother-in-law went to register the kids for catechism classes at the local church. The nun that was handling the intake started filling out the paperwork for her happily, asked her what their last name was then said, "Kerekes? That doesn't sound like a Catholic name to me." My mother-in-law took umbrage with her assessment, walked out of the room and pretty much hasn't set foot in church outside of a wedding, funeral or christening since.

Now, I'm not making any statement about religion here; I'm just saying that some folks aren't cool with the pigeon hole. That being said, I hope to heaven-on-high that Brandon McDonald, Darius Barnes, Geoff Cameron, Danny Earls, Blair Gavin and any other random MLSer with a hint of stout beer about his last name gets a shot at world football. The more internationals in this league the better, regardless of who they play for or how silly the recruitment method.

12 comments:

Squard said...

With that logic: Giovanni Trapatton should coach Italy

H.U.T.S. said...

So...Where does Francis come from?

SF said...

My biological parents are both Creoles (the Louisiana kind) so I imagine somewhere down the line it has a Gallic/Acadian/French origin. But as far as I'm concerned it's just an American name...or the name of this (and a few other) Americans. Either way.

Anonymous said...

The O'Bannon brothers were always my favorite Irish basketball players

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtLwXECzB7g

Shaquille O'Neal is the most famous Irish American.

Brian said...

Isn't Danny Earls actually Irish?

Clayton John said...

danny earls is from dublin, so obviously he's irish. and there is no f*cking way shaquille o'neal counts as an irish-american just because of his last name. as a native of ireland myself living in america, there is no way that is happening.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBSLBoRGxKo

Shaq likely is at least part Irish.

coachie ballgames said...

Bob Bradley and the U.S. national team should have snagged Yura Movsisyan, formerly of Real Salt Lake and currently tearing it up for the Armenian national team

Jay said...

"Should have" is a stretch. Movsisyan needed two more resident years to have even qualified for citizenship, and tearing it up for Armenia *now* means he gets to put himself on display for all of Europe to see at the prime of his career.

What's going to do more for Movsisyan? Waiting until he's 25 for his US citizenship to come calling, or leveraging a good Euro qualifying campaign to a gig in Holland or France?

coachie ballgames said...

You can't put a price on U.S. citizenship and MLS stardom. These colors don't run.

peter_tfc said...

Kerekes is Hungarian. It literally means wheeler. Tons of Hungarians living in Romania.