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Alexi Lalas

Panayotis Alexander ("Alexi") Lalas (born June 1, 1970) is a retired American soccer player who played mostly as a defender for the United States national team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He became the first modern-era American soccer player to play in the Italian Serie A. Following his playing career, Lalas served as President and General Manager of the San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. He was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006. He currently works as an analyst with ESPN and ABC Sports. Lalas was born in Birmingham, Michigan, United States, to a Greek father and an American mother. His father was a professor who later became the director of Greece's national observatory, while his mother is a writer and poet. His brother, Greg Lalas, played in MLS with the Tampa Bay Mutiny and is currently the editor-in-chief of MLSsoccer.com. Lalas is fluent in Spanish.

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Alexi Lalas -- Zings Hope Solo Over Hubby's DUI

Alexi Lalas
Zings Hope Solo Over Hubby's DUI

Hope Solo still has some MAJOR support in the soccer community ... with ex-Team USA legend Alexi Lalas claiming she can still be dominant ... as long as she learns to Uber.  Lalas -- who's… READ MORE >

Alexi Lalas -- STOP BLAMING BRADLEY ... Blame Defenders Instead

Alexi Lalas
STOP BLAMING BRADLEY ... Blame Defenders Instead

Alexi Lalas wants everyone to STOP PICKING ON MICHAEL BRADLEY ... claiming it wasn't his fault Team USA blew it against Portugal yesterday -- instead, he's pointing the finger at 2 other… READ MORE >

- 278 days ago
Alexi Lalas -- My Dog Forgave Me ... After I Ate Bow-Wow In Korea

Alexi Lalas
My Dog Forgave Me After I Ate Bow-Wow In Korea

U.S. soccer stud Alexi Lalas says he's worked things out with his pet pooch -- after dining on dog during a trip to South Korea. The former Team USA member -- who's now an analyst for ESPN… READ MORE >

- 350 days ago
Alexi Lalas -- Beckham Was DEFINITELY Worth the Money in Galaxy Deal

Alexi Lalas
$250 Million Beckham Deal was DEFINITELY Worth It!

David Beckham was worth every cent of the $250 MILLION contract he signed to be a part of the L.A. Galaxy back in 2007 ... so says the ex-General Manager who helped bring him to the squad. TMZ… READ MORE >

- 1278 days ago

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