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Alexi Lalas

Played In Italy

After the World Cup, Lalas was offered a contract with Padua, a Serie A team in Italy, as well as with teams in England and Germany. He took the Padua contract, becoming the first American to play in this league, often considered the best in the world. For both the team and Lalas, this was a gamble because Lalas had never played professionally. He played well, becoming a star on the team. Lalas scored three goals on the season, and played with Padua through 1995.


1970 Born on June 1, in Birmingham, Michigan
1988-91 Attends Rutgers University
1990 Makes several appearances with U.S. national team
1991 Joins U.S. National Team
1992 Plays for the United States at the Summer Olympics
1994 Plays for the United States at World Cup, playing every minute of every game
1994-95 Plays with Padua in Serie A (Italy)
1996 Plays for the United States at the Summer Olympics
1996-97 Plays for the New England Revolution (MLS)
1997 Plays for club in Ecuador in MLS off-season
1998 Plays for New York/New Jersey Metro Stars; records Ginger which was released on CMC Intl.; reserve for U.S. in World Cup competition
1999 Plays for the Kansas City Wizards (MLS); retires from professional soccer; begins broadcasting career
2000 Commentator for MLS season, Nickelodeon Games and Sports programming, and Olympic coverage of soccer; shaves his trademark goatee
2001 Signed by Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)

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