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Alexi Lalas Embraces Opportunity, His Kids, And His Critics

Alexi Lalas Embraces Opportunity, His Kids, And His Critics

Alexi Lalas knows all about opportunity. As a professional soccer player and member of the United States national team during the 1990s, Lalas used the global platform of the 1994 FIFA World Cup to introduce the world to his carefully cultivated image of a rebellious red-headed rockstar with a love for the world’s game, and life’s never been the same since.

More than two decades later Lalas is still in the public eye as a television analyst for Fox Sports at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, but fame does come with a price. Lalas constantly battles with soccer fans on social media and has even received death threats from his harshest critics over the years, and some fans have no problem harassing him when they spot him in public.

On this episode of Paternal, Lalas discusses how he tries to shield his two young kids from the vitriol he receives on social media, how the World Cup and the public persona he created back in the 90s changed his fortunes forever, and why he teaches his kids to constantly be aware of their surroundings, always open to the next great opportunity in life.

  • Watch Alexi Lalas reflect on the 1994 FIFA World Cup here.

  • Listen to Alexi Lalas' State of the Union podcast here.


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