Happy Birthday, Alexi Lalas

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If we drew up a list of United States soccer figures who have checked the box under all the following categories, it would be a remarkably short gathering:

  • Professional soccer player in MLS
  • Professional soccer played abroad
  • World Cup starter for United States
  • MLS general manager
  • MLS general manager for both of the league’s highest profile teams, in New York and in Los Angeles
  • National Soccer Hall of Famer
  • Highfalutin TV voice

Yes, Alexi Lalas is the one man in this country who can check all those distinguished boxes. So, Happy Birthday to a man of varied talents in our game – and real gentleman, to boot.

Lalas turns 43 today.