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U.S. soccer DEFENDER
Alexi Lalas
Height: 6-3 (1.91 m).
Weight: 195 (89 kg).
Born: June 1, 1970, in Birmingham, Michigan.
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan.
College: Rutgers University.
Club: (retired).

National Team
Year Record GP G A Pts
1991 1-0-1 2 0 2 2
1993 10-9-6 25 4 3 11
1994 4-8-10 22 1 1 3
1995 5-4-3 12 2 0 4
1996 10-3-1 14 0 4 4
1997 3-5-6 14 2 0 4
1998 2-3-2 4 1 0 2
Total 35-32-29 96 9 11 29
World Cup
Year Venue Record G A Pts
1994 USA '94 1-2-1 0 0 0
1998 France '98 0-0-0 0 0 0
Total 1-2-1 0 0 0
Olympic Games
Year Venue Record G A Pts
1992 Seoul 0-0-1 0 0 0
1996 Atlanta 1-1-1 0 1 1
Total 1-1-2 0 1 1
Professional
Year Club GP G A Pts
1994-95 Padova (Italian Serie A) - 3 - -
1995-96 Padova (Italian Serie A) - - - -
1996 New England Revolution (MLS) 25 1 1 3
1997 New England Revolution (MLS) 30 2 3 7
1998 MetroStars (MLS) 25 2 0 4
1999 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 30 4 1 9
Total (MLS) 110 9 5 23
College
Year Club GP G A Pts
1988 Rutgers Univ. 22 - - -
1989 Rutgers Univ. 24 - - -
1990 Rutgers Univ. 14 - - -
1991 Rutgers Univ. 23 - - -
Total 83 - - -

U.S. National Team: Lalas' performance in the 1994 World Cup and the 1995 Copa America catapulted him into one of the most recognizable soccer players in the world ... Ranks among U.S. Soccer's all-time leaders in games (96), goals (9), assists (11) and points (29) ... 1998: Started six of USA's first nine games of '98, tallying an assist on Marcelo Balboa's diving header in a 2-2 tie with Paraguay ... 1997: Broke a 16-month scoring drought with a goal in a 1-1 tie with China on Feb. 1 1996: Represented the USA in the Atlanta Olympic Games as one of three "wild card" players, playing every minute of every match ... 1995: Winner of the 1995 Chevrolet/U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year ... Named to the 1995 All-Copa America Team ... Scored the second goal in the 3-0 win over Argentina at the Copa America, one of the biggest wins in U.S. Soccer history ... 1994: One of five players to play every minute of every game during the '94 World Cup ... 1993: His historic clinching goal in the USA's 2-0 upset victory over England at U.S. Cup '93 June 9 jump-started Lalas' career with the National Team ... 1992: A member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, he played 45 minutes in a 2-2 tie with Poland in the Olympics despite suffering a broken foot one week prior to the Summer Games ... 1991: Competed with the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the Pan American games in 1991 ... 1989: Captained the West squad to a gold medal at the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival ... First Appearance: May 6, 1990, vs. Canada ... First Goal: May 8, 1993, vs. Colombia.

Professional: The first American-born and raised player to compete in the Italian Serie A, one of the world's most prestigious soccer leagues ... Played two seasons in Italy with Padova before joining MLS ... 1998: Traded to the N.Y./N.J. MetroStars on Feb. 4, 1998, in a three-team deal which sent D.C. United's Raul Diaz Arce to New England and future considerations from both New England and N.Y./N.J. to D.C. United ... 1997: Played in two games in one day on April 22, when he played 78 minutes in the U.S. National Team's 2-2 World Cup qualifying tie against Mexico, followed by a three-minute cameo in the Revolution's 2-1 win over the Mutiny ... 1996: Had a goal and assist in 25 games for New England, after returning from Italy ... 1994-96: Signed with Padova in the Italian Serie A on July 27, 1994 ... Scored three goals during the 1994-95 season, including winning goals vs. powerhouses AC Milan and Inter Milan ... Played two significant games on two continents in a 26-hour window on June 10 and 11 ... Played in Padova's 1-0 penalty kick victory against Genoa, a one-off relegation match, and then flew to Boston, where he arrived 45-minutes before the USA-Nigeria U.S. Cup kickoff via police escort ... Played the second half in the USA's 3-2 win over Nigeria, making a game-saving goal-mouth clearance.

College: Won both the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club award in 1991, following his senior season at Rutgers ... Led Rutgers to NCAA final four tournament appearances in 1989 and 1990 ... Also played hockey at Rutgers where he was the leading scorer in 1989 ... High School: Captained his high school soccer and ice hockey teams to the state title in 1987.

Personal: A talented guitarist and singer, his rock group The Gypsies toured and opened eight shows for Hootie and the Blowfish's '98 European Tour ... Sang the national anthem prior to the USA-Estonia match in 1994 ... Attended the 1990 World Cup in Italy as a fan with college buddies, painted faces and all, following the U.S. team ... Reluctantly cut his hair prior to '94 World Cup at the request of head coach Bora Milutinovic ... Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona requested his jersey at the '95 Copa America inside Paysandu Stadium at a concession stand ... Speaks fluent Italian.

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