For Months Ive been reading peoples posts saying that if Whitbred chooses to play for the US he will be a lock to start for the U-20's and eventually will be our answer at left back for the Senior nats. Does this bother anyone else? This kid has never lived in the US, he grew up playing soccer in England and is now playing soccer for an English Club team. I have always felt that youth tournaments and the world Cup are tournaments that show how soccer is played in your country, how players are DEVELOPED in your country? If this kid has learned the game in England how does that show how we develop players in the US? To make it clear this is a totally different case then Freddy Adu, Adu is still working to gain citizenship here, but he has been growing up playing soccer in the US. What irritates me even more is that this kid has lived in the US for a long time and is still waiting on his citizenship, while someone like David Regis, who gained citizenship eventhough he has never played a day in this country and barely speaks English, is a citizen and has represented US soccer in two world cups. All Im saying is that I dont think we should all be hoping that a foreigner, who has never lived in the US and has learned and developed his game in another country, CHOOSES to play for our country. Representing your country is entirely different then representing a club team, you choose your club team, you dont choose your national team (well I feel like being German today). There should be a feeling of nationalism a feeling of pride that you are repesenting the country that taught you to how to play and love the game. If we want to show the world how soccer is played in the US and how players can succeed in our youth system, we cant import our talent.