There absolutely should be an American Orthodox Church, that's undeniable, but if there really were to be one eventually, it shouldn't be a veil for another ethnically-rooted Church.
Look at the OCA, the Orthodox Church in America, a very unassuming and seemingly straightforward name. They may speak English and are great about including ethnic Americans, but when it really boils down to it, it follows the Muscovite (Russian) Tradition -- Znamenny, Moscow, and Valaam Chants, high-back phelons, celebrating the feast days of very Russian-specific saints, emphasis on the Protection of the Mother of God, and the occasional use of Slavonic, are undeniably Russian. Yet, ethnic Americans don't seem to feel so alienated there.
I'll take another example from the Ruthenian Catholic Church. In the last thirty years or so, they have rebranded themselves as the "Byzantine Catholic Church," for fear of alienating non-ethnic Ruthenians, yet they continue to sing in Carpatho-Rusyn Chant and Prostopinije, they bless fruit during the feast of the Transfiguration, use embroidered towels in their services, pariwinkle wreaths during weddings, et cetera. If they were truly THE Byzantine Catholic Church, wouldn't logic deduce that they would use Byzantine Chant, Stefana wedding crowns, and the Greek language in their icons?
People need to understand that just because a church is Russian, Greek, Serbian, Bulgarian, or Ukrainian doesn’t mean that only people from Ukraine or of Ukrainian descent can go to it. That has nothing to do with nationalism. The base of Churches also has nothing to do with nation-states because states and governments are temporary. How many ethnic groups don’t have their own states and countries? Does that mean that they are any less deserving of an independent Church? The Ukrainian (Kyivan) Church existed long before 1991. Just because there is a United States and a Russia, doesn’t mean that those countries need an independent Church.
Look at the Roman Catholic Church. Is every member Italian? Absolutely not. Do non-Italians feel alienated? Not usually. But their structure, Tradition, and rites are rooted in the politics and culture of Rome.
It’s inevitable that some people would not feel comfortable in a labeled Greek Church or a Ukrainian Church and would rather belong to a Church named “American.” But that Church would need to be original, with American chants, American customs, emphasis on American saints, and other American influences. Until Orthodoxy is strong enough in North America, however, ethnically rooted Churches shouldn’t try to half-heartedly fake being American because that’s how we find ourselves in these situations.
Also, before I post this, let’s be honest and admit that this isn’t only a problem in Ukrainian Churches. How many Greek churches in America have Greek flags hanging out front or on the solea? Would they be merged into this “American Orthodox Church?”