Posted November 18, 2013

Giuseppe Rossi scores in return to Italy’s starting lineup

African soccer, International Soccer, Italy
New Jersey-born Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi celebrates after scoring his first international goal in more than two years. (Sang Tan/AP)

New Jersey-born Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi celebrates after scoring his first international goal in more than two years. (Sang Tan/AP)

Everybody loves a good comeback story. Maybe even the American soccer fans who have finally gotten over Giuseppe Rossi’s decision to play for Italy.

After Rossi suffered two serious knee injuries in succession, the New Jersey native and Italian-American made his return to the Azzurri’s starting lineup after a two-plus-year hiatus and promptly did what he has been doing for Fiorentina this season with regularity: He scored.

Rossi combined with Mario Balotelli to score in the opening stages of Italy’s 2-2 draw with Nigeria in a friendly between two World Cup-bound teams at Craven Cottage in London. It was his first international goal since June 3, 2011, which came against Estonia in Euro 2012 qualification.

Rossi had appeared in one previous game with Italy this year, playing 17 minutes against Armenia on Oct. 15. Prior to that, his last Azzurri appearance — and start — was against Serbia on Oct. 7, 2011.

As if Rossi scoring wasn’t enough of a USA imprint on the match at the grounds where Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey became Fulham heroes, Toronto FC and Oklahoma-born Nigeria forward Bright Dike registered on a header, continuing his own comeback after tearing his ACL last winter.

Here’s video of Rossi’s goal:

And Dike’s response:

Two American comeback stories. In London. During a game featuring Italy and Nigeria. How about that?

4 comments
RickPotts
RickPotts

"Everybody loves a good comeback story..  Maybe even the American soccer fans who have finally gotten over Giuseppe Rossi’s decision to play for Italy."......Don't count on it........Diehard US fans NEVER FORGET!

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

No one loves this at all.  Get  a clue, US fans hate this loser and with somewhat good reason.  I hope he fails spectacularly as a Pro.  NEXT!

Matthew53
Matthew53

@RickPotts 

And they love people who turn coat and play for the US. They're double standard morons....

Matthew53
Matthew53

@RomarioDelLago So are you renouncing every single past and current USMNT player who was born overseas whether born to an American born parent or naturalized....its the same thing. 


People like you are ridiculous.