Damani Ralph a USA or Jamaica international ?

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by Frank Cunha, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. Frank Cunha

    Frank Cunha New Member

    Sep 17, 2001
    UNION TOWNSHIP, NJ
  2. roarksown1

    roarksown1 Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    Playa del Rey, CA
    Club:
    Hamburger SV
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As much as I like the idea of Ralph being in the USMNT fold, I still believe he'll have better chances to actually play for Jamaica, and since he's already played for them once (friendly or not), as a purist, I think he should play for the country he grew up him. I hope this doesn't come back to bite me in the ass when Ralph scores the GWG to knock us out of the hex!
     
  3. nancyb

    nancyb Member

    Jun 30, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Besides, what do we know of his status? Green card? How long? If he doesn't have the card, it'll be 5+ years before he can become citizen unless he meets some of the very specialized qualifications to expedite the process.

    In other words, if he's good enough to play for Jamaica next year, expect him to be capped tied there.
     
  4. MartSkin

    MartSkin Member

    Oct 8, 2001
    Right Back
    "Ralph is not tied to any nation," said Ralph's agent Patrick McCabe of First Artist. "He has one appearance for Jamaica in a friendly last year."


    I thought a player was committed to a country as soon as he put on that country's jersey. Do friendlies not count?
     
  5. metroflip73

    metroflip73 Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    NYC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As long as he doesn't play in a FIFA sanctioned tournament (Gold Cup, etc) or qualifying round (World Cup Qualifiers, etc), he's free.
     
  6. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Everyone PLEASE stop getting your hopes up. Despite what his agent may say, Damani is still a Jamaican citizen and he WANTS to play for Jamaica. They will give him a call soon (before WC qualifying starts in January) and this will all be a moot point .................

    http://www.barnburners.com/news/03/0724.html
    Ralph For Jamaica
    Rookie sensation Damani Ralph was optimistically guarded when asked whether his peak form, earning him this week's MLS Player of the Week award, would lead to his first Jamaican National Team cap.
    "Hopefully after the Gold Cup is done Jamaica will have a few friendlies and give me a call," said Ralph. "Coming from Jamaica I know it's a very long line of forwards. If it comes I'll be happy but if it doesn't, it won't be a surprise."

    Ralph feels that he's always just barely missed his chance to play for his country, "Every time I was about to crack into the junior team, I'd get too old and wouldn't be able to play."

    Ralph appeared for the full senior team last summer, but the game was not an officially sanctioned FIFA international.

    "I started that game and got a couple chances but missed them. We won 2-1," added Ralph.
     
  7. Minnman

    Minnman Member+

    Feb 11, 2000
    Columbus, OH, USA
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This, OF COURSE, has already been beaten to death.

    Ralph is a Jamaican, not an American, citizen. Marrying an American does not help him become a US citizen (unless, as Nancy says, his spouse-to-be fits into certain highly restrictive categories that allow Ralph to ignore the 5 year residency rule). I doubt that DR could become a US citizen before the 2006 WC if he tried.
     
  8. Ronaldo+10

    Ronaldo+10 New Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Does anyone even know if he wants to become a citizen ?
     
  9. juventino3

    juventino3 Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
  10. PaulGascoigne

    PaulGascoigne Member

    Feb 5, 2001
    Aotearoa/NZ
    Somebody merge all these threads. It's getting outta hand...
     

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