The 25 Greatest American Men’s Soccer Players Of All-Time, Ranked

25. Alexi Lalas

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You might recognize the mercurial personality from his role as a lead analyst for the FOX Sports coverage of U.S. Soccer. Whether you like him or not, there’s no denying his impact on the sport within this country. The rugged center back out of Michigan became the first ever American to play for a Serie A club (Calcio Padova). He did so at a time when most national team members were playing stateside or even in college. Lalas was a cornerstone of the ’94 World Cup team and also helped the U.S. at both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.