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Alexi Lalas reveals his USMNT's all-time starting 11 | State of the Union

  • Published on Aug 18, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • Alexi Lalas reveals his USMNT all-time starting 11 which features Tony Meola, Steve Cherundolo, Marcelo Balboa, Carlos Bocanegra, Jeff Agoos, Tab Ramos, Claudio Reyna, Landon Donovan, Christian Pulisic, Brian McBride, and Clint Dempsey.
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  • KG
    KG 9 months ago +31

    Alexis Lalas never fails to miss

  • FOX Soccer
    FOX Soccer 9 months ago +3

    Would you swap anyone in Alexi Lalas' all-time starting 11?

    • Patrick61804
      Patrick61804 9 months ago +2

      Probably Tim Howard at goal

    • Marlon Rivera
      Marlon Rivera 9 months ago

      Add hugo perez?

    • Dusty Clery
      Dusty Clery 9 months ago

      @Marlon Rivera Kasey Keller

    • Marlon Rivera
      Marlon Rivera 9 months ago

      Hard to argue against keller...good goalie

    • Mark Sutphin
      Mark Sutphin 9 months ago +1

      Rick Davis, yes this was before WC talent but he was stellar!

  • MoneyMarra5
    MoneyMarra5 9 months ago +64

    Not having Tim Howard in net is a disgrace !!

    • Richard Warren
      Richard Warren 9 months ago +2

      Picking Meola over Howard isn’t justifiable.

    • MoneyMarra5
      MoneyMarra5 9 months ago

      @Richard Warreni know he was a beast

    • Patrick Hogue
      Patrick Hogue 6 months ago +1

      Meola should be no higher than 4th keeper.

    • Matt MacArthur
      Matt MacArthur 6 months ago +1

      That’s a hard call honestly , the USA has had some great goalkeepers man! Keller , friedel, meola and Howard just to start

    • William Shultz
      William Shultz 5 months ago

      Didn't Meola get left off USMNT because he wanted to try and be a kicker in the NFL?

  • David Milko
    David Milko 9 months ago +15

    Having followed the USMNT since the mid 80's I've watched the development of the US players over he decades. IMO Lalas has again shown how delusional and biased he is with some of his selections. While all the players mentioned were great players in their era some have no business in an all time Best XI.
    1) There is no chance that Meola would have been ahead of Howard or Friedel. Both were significantly better shot stoppers and their distribution was not significantly worse than Tony's.
    2) Jeff Agoos was a good player, but I wouldn't have him as one of the best 23 let alone the best XI. I'd go with DMB as the LB.
    3) As much as I loved watching Balboa play I don't believe he's a better player than Pope was.
    4) Lalas's XI cry's for either a formational change or at the very least a CDM. Jones is by far our best CDM to date. I'd therefore insert Jones...push Reyna to the top of the Diamond and leave Donovan & Tab on the right as a coin toss.
    Lastly our current crop of players are going to be pushing their way into the all time best XI in the not too distant future. Reyna Jr. has the talent to overtake his father. The same for Dest overtaking Dolo and I could see Weston challenge for Jones spot and Richards challenge Pope in the future.
    The only position(s) our current team does not have a challenger for the best XI is Keeper, Striker, and LB. But even that may change if by the 2026 cycle with Slovina & Gomez.

    • Broken Mafu
      Broken Mafu 9 months ago

      That was a lot to read but when I got to the part about Jones playing CDM... Just imagine if this core group of young players had him as a vet oh my God this team would be ready right now.. they'd all be dawgs...so crazy that there's a whole missing generation of players smh

    • Lucky mark
      Lucky mark 4 months ago


    • J. T.
      J. T. 4 months ago

      @Lucky mark Pulisic

  • Iwannagofast94
    Iwannagofast94 9 months ago +7

    Feedback for producers: Could you please turn up the volume of voice recording?
    May not be an issue for everyone, but the voice audio comes through very quite on my setup vs. other videos.
    That being said, enjoying the content. Keep up the good work!

  • Mark Scarupa
    Mark Scarupa 9 months ago +5

    Respectfully Meola would not make my top 3, like everyone else has commented, Keller, Friedel, and Howard in some order. Meola makes the next USMNT goalkeeper cluster with Guzan and Hahnemann.

  • Patrick
    Patrick 6 months ago +5

    The logical reason for not having Tim Howard in goal is to get engaging saying how wrong he is. And I’m commenting so Ig it worked

  • Larry Parr
    Larry Parr 9 months ago +7

    Without even n watching I'm going to guess most of the players come from his 94 World Cup team with a couple of 2002 and 2010 players.

  • Tyrone Valle
    Tyrone Valle 9 months ago +4

    But overall he did aight. I'm good with Reyna, Bocanegra, Pulisic, Donovan, Dempsey and McBride.

  • David
    David 9 months ago +10

    He can't put himself back there but he should be. GK is messed up probably Howard first for me because for goal keeper shot blocking is #1, #2 and #3 priority for me, if not Tim then Keller.

  • Al Fiend
    Al Fiend 5 months ago

    While I don't agree with everything Alexi Lalas says, he is a tremendous broadcaster. He's great here and was outstanding at the '22 World Cup. And I like that he's not afraid to take an unpopular stance and say what he thinks. There's too little of that on TV.

  • Timmy J
    Timmy J 9 months ago

    A healthy Stu Holden is in that midfield for me, and I’d honestly take guys like Gio Reyna and McKennie before some of Alexi’s picks.

  • Greg Neal
    Greg Neal 9 months ago +2

    Eddie Pope and John O'Brien both need to be included.

    • Richard Warren
      Richard Warren 9 months ago +1

      Pope was huge. I’d also say Brian McBride.

  • Wyant1
    Wyant1 3 months ago

    Admittedly, I have a bias towards more recent players due to my age, but starting with Meola is an insta-trigger.

  • CJ P
    CJ P 6 months ago +2

    He has turned Meola into Jorge Compos....

  • Justin Sumner
    Justin Sumner 9 months ago

    Please talk about the awful usmnt jersey leaks in the next episode. I can't believe that's what we're sending the guys to Qatar in. If that ends up being the final design, Nike should be embarrassed.

  • Not the expert
    Not the expert 9 months ago +1

    I would have went Meola (gk), Clavijo (rb), Balboa (cb), Lalas(cb), Beasly (lb), Ramos(rm), Bradley(cdm) Reyna sr (cam), Donovan (LM), Dempsey (st), Winalda (st).

  • Willy Yates
    Willy Yates 6 months ago +1

    Friedel was miles ahead of Meola, as a fan of Mexici I didn't like the guy because he was fantastic with team USA

  • Stephan Bennett
    Stephan Bennett 5 months ago +1

    Some these players couldn't even play at the current level of World Football, half of my team would come from the current squad. Hysterical Llalas talks about ball possession considering the teams he was on had almost none. Howard was absolutely the best keeper the US has had.

  • A Kang
    A Kang 9 months ago

    This segment should be at least 5mins longer

  • Ladale Nesmith
    Ladale Nesmith 5 months ago +1

    When Jozy Altidore is getting an honorable mention, you know you lack depth at the Striker position.

  • Henry Rodriguez
    Henry Rodriguez 6 months ago +1

    Brad friedel was the best hands down not even close.. At least Tim Howard cmon man. But you can tell he has emotional ties with Toni

  • Joseph Graziosi
    Joseph Graziosi 6 months ago +1

    To me Kacey Keller is the man

  • Rob King
    Rob King 9 months ago

    Hercules Gomez! He went to the World Cup!!

  • Drew Mitchell
    Drew Mitchell 6 months ago +1

    Man John harkes was a baller

    • William Shultz
      William Shultz 5 months ago

      That's probably what Wynalda's wife said too.

  • Mighty Mouse
    Mighty Mouse 9 months ago

    First time I don’t disagree with Lalas. First time I see him humble. Notable mentions not mentioned were Caliguiri, Harkes, Hugo Perez

  • hijinks21
    hijinks21 6 months ago

    This is mostly a team he played with

  • Darryl Brenzel
    Darryl Brenzel 9 months ago +2

    You lost me right at your very first pick. I'd have three keepers before Meola. Sheeesh.

  • Mando
    Mando 9 months ago +2

    Kasey Keller should be the GK

  • af 17
    af 17 6 months ago

    Tim Howard is THE keeper for the USA.

  • Mark Cadden
    Mark Cadden 9 months ago +1

    This list stinks. Howard, Pope, Beasley GLARING omissions. After that you can make the case for other guys but those 3 specifically over Meola, Balboa and Agoos is a 100% lock

  • sam
    sam 5 months ago +1

    Beasley 💪

  • Dre Marley
    Dre Marley 6 months ago

    Watch the game vs Brazil, even Romario said Keller was one of best goalkeepers he faced. Reyna and Tab Ramos two best players ever..

  • K C Man
    K C Man 6 months ago

    Alexis you are in that team...so is wynalda and coby jones.. that's it.

  • John James
    John James 9 months ago +2

    The problem with this lineup is that they would lose to our current team.

  • jeremy pearson
    jeremy pearson 6 months ago

    Pretty much all of these guys are long retired. Everyone is saying that this team “is close” but maybe that’s being a bit optimistic. They need to spend more time playing higher quality teams between WC’s to see how good they are. Doing it every four years is not going to cut it.

  • BakiSmaki27
    BakiSmaki27 6 months ago +1

    Too biased in favor of his era but it's his opinion.

  • F H
    F H 9 months ago +1

    Terrible list. With a few exceptions, our current players are a complete step up in quality from Lalas’s era. Meola was overhyped and bad. Agoos? Come on.

  • CG73
    CG73 4 months ago

    Jeff Agoos? Are you serious….

  • Dustin Meadows
    Dustin Meadows 6 months ago +1

    Eddie Pope!!

  • JJ
    JJ 6 months ago

    Not bad except for GK

  • Baxter Title Corp
    Baxter Title Corp 6 months ago +1

    Jeff Agoos? 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • watching
    watching 5 months ago

    Jeff agoos foh. Cultured left foot for own goal. Also eddie pope rest I agree with it

  • Koko Sam
    Koko Sam 9 months ago +1

    Freddy Adu, all day, erday. LOL

  • Andrew Coons
    Andrew Coons 9 months ago +1

    I should be on that list

  • SaltyTofu
    SaltyTofu 6 months ago

    The voice audio is way too low compared to the outro. Blasts your ears at the end of every clip please fix

  • John James
    John James 9 months ago +1

    Meola sucks. Remember how he wouldn't catch the ball in that 94 World Cup. He kept batting it down.

  • John Hanson
    John Hanson 9 months ago +1

    I could not even watch the whole segment. Stopped after Agoos

  • Noble Prince
    Noble Prince 5 months ago

    Right out the gate with the bs

  • William Ceurvels
    William Ceurvels 9 months ago +1

    Sergino Dest over Cherundulo

  • S Tran
    S Tran 9 months ago +1

    No Wondolowski, Will Trapp, and Zardes?

  • Ben Whealler
    Ben Whealler 9 months ago +1

    Kinda surprised he didn't put himself in there somewhere with that massive ego of his and his typical delusional takes.

  • Mando
    Mando 9 months ago +9

    Freddy Adu?

  • turtle power
    turtle power 5 months ago

    Idk man, Howard, Beasley, Pope not here.... I'm sensing some racial bias

  • Sergio Mazariegos
    Sergio Mazariegos Month ago

    Very Bias

  • Christian Vera
    Christian Vera 5 months ago

    What a horrible 11

  • Joseph Graziosi
    Joseph Graziosi 6 months ago

    Freddie Adu

  • American Blues
    American Blues 9 months ago +2

    Agoos was the worst player ever. Totally clueless.

  • durdydurds
    durdydurds 5 months ago

    seems about white

  • Arsho Sormani
    Arsho Sormani 8 months ago

    My USA WC 1990-2014.
    Cherundolo-Lalas-Bocanegra- Berhalter
    J.Jones. Bradley
    Reyna (c) Donovan. Beasley
    Friedel,Keller (Meola...uff)-
    Wynalda. McBride.

  • Ming Ho
    Ming Ho 5 months ago

    Jeff Agoos? Tony Meola over Tim Howard? Alexis smokes a lot of dope.