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Roma’s American owner is why Daniele De Rossi won’t be in MLS soon

Mar 26, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

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Daniele De Rossi isn’t going to be coming to Major League Soccer anytime soon, and you can thank AS Roma owner Jim Pallotta.

De Rossi had long-planned on playing Stateside, but the 30-year-old AS Roma mainstay’s desires are reportedly set to remain unrealized after American owner Pallotta’s promise to build a new palace for i Lupi inspired the midfielder to sign a contract extension through 2017.

Roma has long shared its home pitch with Lazio, but Pallotta is daring to build new. The De Rossi news is a footnote in a well-written profile of Pallotta in the New York Times:

“I love the United States culture and I have always wanted to live there, maybe in a big city,” De Rossi said. “But it is funny: now, I will probably never live in America, and it is because of an American.”

It’s odd that Pallotta has inspired De Rossi to stay home in Rome — he was born there — considering the owner’s purchase of Roma was met with much derision from fans. Critical of an American owner one of Italy’s storied clubs, they are now coming around.