Alexi Lalas has had his fair share of memorable soccer moments. The now 47-year-old played in the MLS from the mid-90s until the mid-2000s. He also played on the United States Men’s National Team from 1991-1998, scoring nine goals in 96 matches, including four games during the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.
But Lalas has been retired for 13 years and is now a broadcaster for FOX Sports after spending some time at ESPN.
This past Sunday, Sept. 10, Lalas was calling the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy game. During said game, Lalas began talking about the current men on the USMNT and wasn’t exactly speaking highly of the players.
“It’s dark days, indeed, but this is a time for leaders to step up,” Lalas started with. “And so to the supposed leaders, I will say this….
“Tim Howard. Tim, the Belgium game ended three years ago. We need you to save the ball now. Geoff Cameron. Clean it up, or let’s get someone who will.
“Clint Dempsey. Yeah, you’re a national team legend; now we need you to be a national team leader.
“Michael Bradley. The U.S. does not need you to be zen, the U.S. needs you to play better. Jozy Altidore. Is this really as good as it gets? Because it’s still not good enough.”
The rant came after the US has already lost to Costa Rica and tied Honduras this month in its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The US didn’t play well at all, but to say what Lalas did is a little much.
Right now, the USMNT is on the brink of being eliminated from CONCACAF qualifying, and if that happens, they will have to play in a playoff game against either Australia or Syria in November to qualify for the World Cup next year.
Anyway, back to Lalas. The former USMNT star didn’t just criticize the players, he also went after the coaches.
One notable name that Lalas hadn’t mentioned at this point was 18-year-old Christian Pulisic who is currently playing for Broussia Dortmund in Germany as well as the USMNT. Eventually, Lalas did make his way to Pulisic.
Lalas then finished his tirade with a cherry on top.
Not everyone was happy with Lalas’ rant either. ESPN analyst and former member of the USMNT Herculez Gomez called him a “showman.”
You can watch the entire speech here.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 11, 2017