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Italian-American Bernardo Wants 'Something Big' For U.S.
ESPN Soccernet, February 27th, 2009 3:45PM



In the increasingly multi-national world that we live in, dual citizenship is intended to allow an individual the opportunity to embrace both countries that have played a part in both birth and life.  But in the soccer world, the issue has recently become considered a double-edged sword, writes ESPN Soccernet's Ravi Uhba.

Take for example the disappointment U.S. Soccer officials might have felt when "lethal Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi turned his back on the country in which he was born to represent Italy, while Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, whose stock continues to rise, bypassed his [U-17] U.S. caps in favor of Serbia."

But things are different for 18-year-old Napoli prospect and U.S. U-20 forward Vincenzo Bernardo, who recently pledged his allegiance in saying "I want to win something big for the U.S. because we haven't won anything. At the moment I feel the U.S. has shown me more trust as a player, and I just feel real comfortable wearing the red, white and blue.

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