Watching the Honduras game last night, I was reminded that one of Honduras's best young players is Andy Najar -- who not only played for DC United, but actually lived in Virginia a few years and played HS three miles down the road from me. In other words -- he could have been a US national team player. Apparently, green card or citizenship issued interfered, and he was pressured to play for Honduras before he had a chance to play for the US.
I'm not sure Najar would even make our top 23, much less our starting XI, but it got me thinking about good soccer players who COULD HAVE played for the US national team because they lived in or were born in the US, but opted to play for other countries:
Andy Najar (Honduras) -- Plays for Belgium's top club team, Anderlecht.
Neven Subotić (Serbia) -- lived in FLA a few years, played on US U21 team before deciding to ditch us for his birth country of Serbia, allegedly based on negative public comments of a then-US coach (Tom Rongren, another guy with ties to DC United). He's a starting defender for Borussia Dortmond, which was in the Champions League final and also won the Bundesliga last year (and #2 this year). He'd instantly be our best defender.
and of course we can't leave off...
Giuseppe Rossi (Italy) -- aka TURNCOAT. Dude was BORN in New Jersey, grew up in New Jersey, and... never played for the US, but instead plays for Italy, his dad's birth country. Geebuz. Well, used to play for Italy -- he wasn't good enough to make the top 23 in this year's WCQ's. But he'd instantly be our #1 striker -- well, Jozy is playing pretty good right now, maybe our #2. He and Jozy would probably cause us to do a 4-2-2-2, not the 4-2-3-1 that's all the rage.
Am I missing anyone else -- anyone know of any other current players who could be on this list? Like, anyone on the German team who, similar to a bunch of guys in our national team pool (Jermaine Jones, Fabian Johnson, Terrence Boyd, Danny Williams), have an American parent? Anyone play for Mexico who grew up in the US? Etc.