Although the first Alexi Lalas appearance on the soccer field was not until he was 11, his natural talent led him to become the 1987 Michigan High School Player of the Year in his senior year. He was also a member of his school’s state championship hockey team. During his four seasons as a member of the Scarlet Knights, he led the team to the NCAA Final Four in 1989 and the National Championships in 1990. Lalas was named a third team All-American in 1989 and 1990. It was in 1991 when he gained first team All American recognition and was chosen for both the Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards. He also played hockey in college, being the team’s leading scorer in 1989.
Among Lalas’ other awards were the Honda Award as the Outstanding National Team Player in 1995, the USSF’s Male Athlete of the Year award, and inclusion to the all-tournament team at the Copa America in Uruguay. In 2002, he was named to MLS’s Best XI.
Following the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where he was named an honorable mention All-Star, Lalas signed with Padova, for whom he played two seasons. He also became the first American in Series A since before World War II. In 1996, he returned to the US from European clubs when MLS opened. He played for the New England Revolution, the MetroStars, and the Kansas City Wizards. In 1997, Lalas played a partial season on loan for Emelec of the Ecuadorian first division. After a retirement in 1999, he returned in 2001 and played three more MLS seasons, all with the LA Galaxy. They won the US Open Cup title in 2001 and the MLS championship in 2002.
By 1992, Lalas had gained a spot in the US team’s starting line-up. Perhaps his most famous goal was a near-post header from a corner kick in the United States’ 2-0 win over England. That sort of goal became Lalas’ on-the-field trademark and enabled him to score several more times for the national team. In 2006, he was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
**Alexi Lalas Speaker**
Following his retirement from MLS, Lalas became the general manager of the San Jose Earthquakes. The Anschutz Entertainment Group organization reassigned him to become the president and GM of the MetroStars. Lalas took charge of their transition to Red Bull New York when AEG sold the club to Red Bull. He resigned from that position in 2006 to take over the LA Galaxy, also owned by AEG. In 2002, he began announcing soccer matches on NBC for the Summer Olympics and co-hosted ESPN2’s MLS Extratime. He also did in-studio analysis of the 2006 FIFA World Cup for ESPN and ABC Sports and provided commentary for San Jose Earthquakes television broadcasts. Having this kind of experience in group discussions and leadership means an Alexi Lalas speaker appearance will bring a celebrity who will know how to address your audience at your next corporate function.
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As if being a soccer and hockey player, a president and general manager, and a vocalist and guitarist is not enough, a Play Station game was launched in Lalas’ name. Alexi Lalas International Soccer focuses on gameplay. It even has an option wherein you can play a game with or against Lalas. The game aims to show just why it is the most popular sport in the world. Just like what the game promotes, an Alexi Lalas appearance at your next corporate function will show just what your company is all about—flexibility, competence, and fun. Contact TSE now and we will make negotiations with Alex Lalas’ agent easy for you.
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Lalas is also popular in the music industry. He is both a vocalist and guitarist for the Gypsies. They had two album releases, Woodland and Jet Lag, and did eight opening shows for Hootie and the Blowfish on the latter’s 1998 European tour. In 1998, he released a solo album entitled Ginger, and his single Good Night Moon was under CMC International records. An Alexi Lalas endorsement will definitely cater to both fans of his sports and music.