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Alexi Lalas

Category: Broadcasters, Soccer
Fee Range: $10,000 – $20,000

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Biography:

Alexi Lalas was one of the first faces of American Soccer.  Known by many as the “Ginger Giant” during his playing days for his long red flowing hair and matching beard, Lalas became part of the foundation for soccer in the United States.  He has since become a major presence with the American public through his career as a soccer analyst for ESPN.  His notable playing career began as a standout player for the Rutgers University Soccer Team.  Due to his success in the college ranks, Lalas was named to the US National Team in 1991 where he became a fixture on the squad.

Sports Speaker Alexi reached primetime fame due to his performance and contribution in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.  Considered the star of the team, Lalas became the most notable United States’ player at the time.  This became Alexi’s big break because after the 1994 World Cup he signed with the Italian Club Padova.  Lalas made history with the signed becoming the first American player ever to play for a Serie A Italian team.  He spent two seasons there, and helped pave the way for future American soccer stars like Clint Dempsey and Jose Altidore in Europe.  Lalas returned to the United States and played out his career in the MLS for New England Revolution, MetroStars, Kansas City Wizards, and LA Galaxy.  Following the end of his playing career Lalas served time in the front office of multiple MLS clubs before becoming one of the premier soccer analysts for ESPN/ABC Sports.

Since becoming an analyst, Lalas has increased his profile by being one of the mainstays on ESPN’s 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Coverage.  In 2013 he was chosen as the keynote speaker for the first annual Summer Symposium presented by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Marriot is featuring Lalas alongside Omar Gonzalez as part of the “Gonzalez and Lalas: Defenders of Travel” campaign.