It's deplorable in some ways, and there's a lot of sentiment to rule that only nationals can be on a nation's entry.... so I am sure Spithill and crew are applying for same....
Great question ... In the past American teams were composed mostly of Americans (America cubed, stars and stripes).
You might also note that it's no longer Team USA or Team NZ . it's Oracle Team USA and Emerates Team New Zealand. Putting the sponsor ship ahead of the team started in the last couple of cups.
All the teams, including Team New Zealand, had a mix of Kiwi's, Aussies and Brits along with some residents of the actual team. What is puzzleing is why couldn't they find americans to be the grinders for the hydrolic systems ... you really don't need any sailing experience for that .. brute force.
However, Sailing to the Aussies and kiwis is like hockey to Canadians. The NHL is composed of %20 Americans. Heck even baseball is now composed of %30 non US citizens. You can argue they don't profess to be the one and only TEAM USA, however, they are American sports.
Just a note .. Though Jimmy Spithill is Australian, he is a US citizen, and lives in California.
There were only 4 countries entered in this cup (Swiss, Italians, NewZealand and USA). The fact that the Aussies challenged for the 35th cup means they will now have a team. And a good chance they will move from these 72 foot 100 million dollar monstors, to smaller boats which might bring in the Brits and of course New Zealand. It's going to be interesting.