Alexi Lalas is a former professional soccer player who played as a defender. Lalas attended Rutgers University, where he played on the men's soccer team from 1988 to 1991. In 1991, he gained first-team All-American recognition and was selected for both the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year award.
Lalas is best known for his participation with the United States Men's National Soccer Team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup where he was a standout player on the team. After the World Cup, Lalas went on to become the first American in Italy's Serie A as a member of Calcio Padova. Lalas would later return to the United States in 1996 to take part in the newly formed Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of New England Revolution. Lalas also played with the MLS squads MetroStars and Kansas City Wizards, but his most successful period was with Los Angeles Galaxy, with whom he won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup before retiring in 2002. Lalas' playing style was characterized by physical ability and endurance.
Following his playing career, Lalas served as 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.
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