Alexi Lalas’ State of the Union Podcast

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 Aug 3, 2018

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U.S. Soccer legend Alexi Lalas discusses the biggest stories in the world of soccer. Join Alexi and soccer guru David Mosse, as they break down the USMNT, USWNT, MLS, Bundesliga, Premier League, World Cup & everything in between.


Episode Date
S E27: Wayne Rooney magic + USMNT starters + transfer window + EPL's opening week
00:59:31

Alexi and Mosse discuss Wayne Rooney's moment of magic for D.C. United in the State of the Union (1:54). The transfer window's goalkeeping carousel is looked at in Mosse Makes the Case (12:52). Also, the guys explore the ideal starting XI for the USMNT in Ask Alexi (23:21). Finally, the return of the Premier League — and the drama that comes with it — headlines The Back Three (34:08).

Aug 15, 2018
S E26: American development + USMNT vets + EPL transfer window + Qatar 2022 bid
00:53:07

Alexi and Mosse discuss collegiate soccer's role in developing Americans in the State of the Union (2:25). The Premier League's decision to close the transfer window early is looked at in Mosse Makes the Case (17:01). Also, the guys explore the USMNT's "old guard" in Ask Alexi (25:02). Finally, scrutiny surrounding Qatar 2022's winning World Cup bid headlines The Back Three (34:59).

Aug 07, 2018
S E25: Business of soccer + USMNT's youth + transfer market
01:02:21

The boys are back in the States! Alexi and Mosse talk the business side of the sport the State of the Union (2:49). Then, the guys look at the transfer activity in Europe in Mosse Makes the Case (14:36). Also, Alexi and Moses dive in on the USMNT's youth movement in Ask Alexi (31:21). Finally, a look at the MLS All-Star Game headlines The Back Three (38:47).

Jul 31, 2018
S E24: FIFA World Cup final + England's loss + Ronaldo to Juventus
00:49:10

Straight from the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Alexi and Mosse talk the semifinal clashes and England's exit in the State of the Union (2:35). Then, the guys look at this weekend's third-place matchup and preview the final between France and Croatia (21:31), along with a discussion about comparisons between Kylian Mbappé and Pelé (31:29). Also, Alexi and Moses dive in on Cristiano Ronaldo's blockbuster move to Juventus (37:00). All that and more in a special edition of the State of the Union Podcast from Russia!

Jul 13, 2018
S E23: American soccer culture + World Cup quarterfinals picks + Mexico's exit
00:46:50

Happy Fourth of July! Straight from the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Alexi and Mosse talk American soccer culture's evolution in the State of the Union (4:29). Then, the remaining eight teams are broken down in FOX Sports' Power Rankings (32:32), along with a look back at the round of 16. Then, Alexi and Mosse give their predictions for the massive quarterfinal matchups. All that and more in a special edition of the State of the Union Podcast from Russia!

Jul 04, 2018
S E22: VAR at FIFA World Cup + round of 16 predictions + Power Rankings
00:33:13

Straight from the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Alexi and Mosse talk VAR and FIFA's tiebreakers in the State of the Union (3:06). Then, a new team has slid into the top 3 of FOX Sports' Power Rankings (13:20), along with predictions for the round of 16. All that and more in a special edition of the State of the Union Podcast from Russia!

Jun 29, 2018
S E21: USMNT's missed FIFA World Cup opportunity + New No. 1 in Power Rankings
00:43:38

Straight from the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Alexi and Mosse outline the USMNT's missed opportunity at the FIFA World Cup in the State of the Union (3:53). Then, there's a new top team in the FOX Sports' Power Rankings (17:54), along with discussions about Messi's Argentina and Neymar's Brazil. All that and more in a special edition of the State of the Union Podcast from Russia!

Jun 25, 2018
S E20: FIFA World Cup impressions + Mexico legit? + Neymar & Messi + Power Rankings
00:44:27

Straight from the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Alexi and Mosse talk about their early takeaways from the FIFA World Cup in the State of the Union (3:55). Then, the guys update the tournament favorites in FOX Sports' Power Rankings (17:12), along with discussions about Neymar, Messi and Mexico. All that and more in a special edition of the State of the Union Podcast from Russia!

Jun 20, 2018
S E19: Greetings from Russia! + U.S. lands World Cup 2026 + Power Rankings
01:19:23

Straight from the World Cup in Russia, Alexi and Mosse talk the U.S. landing the joint bid for the 2026 World Cup in the State of the Union (5:19). Then, the guys break down the tournament favorites in FOX Sports' Power Rankings (24:50). Also, Alexi and Mosse tackle the top players from each team for a total of 32 stars to watch (41:25). All that and more in a special edition of the State of the Union Podcast from Russia!

Jun 14, 2018
S E18: World Cup fever + Zidane leaves Real Madrid + USMNT in action
01:06:38

Days away from leaving for the World Cup in Russia, Alexi and Mosse talk World Cup fever in the U.S. the State of the Union (2:57). Zinedine Zidane's departure from Real Madrid is examined in Mosse Makes the Case (14:40). Also, the guys break down USMNT players overseas in Ask Alexi (27:29) and give their thoughts on the final 23-man World Cup rosters in the World Cup Update (38:43). Finally, the tune-up matches for the World Cup in Russia headline The Back Three (47:48).

Jun 05, 2018
S E17: Loris Karius' mistakes + Real Madrid + World Cup brackets + Rob Stone guest host
01:00:04

Alexi and guest host Rob Stone discuss Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius and his devastating Champions League final in the State of the Union (4:33). Bragging rights between the Premier League and La Liga are examined in Mosse Makes the Case (15:53). Also, the guys look at some potential breakout players this summer in Ask Alexi (26:26) and offer their full brackets for the World Cup in the World Cup Update (40:39). Finally, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo's futures at Real Madrid headline The Back Three (50:37).

May 29, 2018
S E16: Klinsmann on USMNT + Real Madrid vs. Liverpool + World Cup groups G & H
01:07:53

Alexi and Mosse react to ex-USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann's comments about his former team in the State of the Union (2:42). Jose Mourinho get called out in Mosse Makes the Case (16:23). Also, the guys explore Christian Pulisic reaching the recognition-level of LeBron James and Tom Brady in Ask Alexi (25:04) and break down groups G and H World Cup Update (35:50). Finally, a look at the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid headlines The Back Three (46:09).

May 22, 2018
S E15: Gambling in U.S. + World Cup rosters + Wayne Rooney
00:59:35

Alexi and Mosse dive in on the implications legalized sports betting might have in the U.S. in the State of the Union (2:20). Barcelona's fabled academy system comes under scrutiny in Mosse Makes the Case (12:21). Also, the guys discuss Wayne Rooney's link to D.C. United in Ask Alexi (22:57) and break down the preliminary World Cup rosters in the World Cup Update (30:20). Finally, a look at the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Man United headlines The Back Three (42:41).

May 17, 2018
S E14: Pulisic to Liverpool? + Messi vs. Ronaldo + World Cup
01:08:48

Alexi and Mosse explore Liverpool's rumored interest in Christian Pulisic in the State of the Union (2:14). The careers and accomplishments of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are compared in Mosse Makes the Case (12:43). Also, the guys discuss automatic bids for the 2026 World Cup in Ask Alexi (24:34) and break down Groups D, E and F in the World Cup Update (35:10). Finally, a look at the Champions League and Europa League semifinals headline The Back Three (48:32).

May 08, 2018
S E13: President Trump on World Cup + Ballon d'Or surprise? + Zlatan & Galaxy
01:05:07

Alexi and Mosse react to President Trump's tweet about the 2026 World Cup in the State of the Union (4:26). The dynamics of the Ballon d'Or in a World Cup year is examined in Mosse Makes the Case (14:49). Also, the guys discuss rooting interests in the World Cup in Ask Alexi (24:35) and break down Groups A, B and C in the World Cup Update (37:26). Finally, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's challenge to his LA Galaxy teammates headlines The Back Three (47:48).

May 01, 2018
S E12: Wenger steps down + NBA & NFL hampering USMNT? + World Cup fatigue
00:49:37

Alexi and Mosse react to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal parting ways after so long in the State of the Union (1:43). Jurgen Klopp's sky-high popularity is examined in Mosse Makes the Case (14:41). Also, the guys discuss the best players in the world not named Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar in Ask Alexi (22:20) and break down the rigors of the EPL season affecting players in the World Cup Update (29:21). Finally, a look at the semifinal clashes in Europe and Fernando Torres/MLS rumors headline The Back Three (36:30).

Apr 24, 2018
S E11: Zlatan to World Cup? + Buffon red card + USMNT + UCL semifinals
00:54:17

Alexi and Mosse look at refereeing decisions in the wake of Gianluigi Buffon's big sending off against Real Madrid in the State of the Union (2:47). In Mosse Makes the Case (14:09), Mosse wonders if winning league titles has lost its luster. Also, Alexi explores what the USMNT should do at future World Cups in Ask Alexi (22:08) and the guys break down Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinting he could un-retire from international duty in the World Cup Update (31:58). Finally, reaction to the Champions League semifinal draw highlights The Back Three (39:50).

Apr 17, 2018
S E10: Brazil's World Cup striker + fan violence + Zlatan off-camera
00:52:01

Alexi and Mosse explore passion vs. fan violence and authentic soccer culture in the State of the Union (4:02). In Mosse Makes the Case (14:26), Mosse looks at what Pep Guardiola needs to secure his legacy. Also, Alexi explains what Zlatan Ibrahimovic is like when the superstar is off-camera in Ask Alexi (26:34) and the guys break down Brazil's striker options in the World Cup Update (33:44). Finally, a preview of the week's big Champions League matches highlights The Back Three (40:09).

Apr 10, 2018
S E9: Zlatan's ridiculous debut + World Cup favorites + USMNT & Bundesliga
00:48:28

Alexi and Mosse relive Zlatan Ibrahimovic's unbelievable debut with the LA Galaxy in the State of the Union (1:48). In Mosse Makes the Case (12:39), Mosse makes a pitch for American fans to watch more of the Bundesliga. Also, Alexi looks at the glory of winning the World Cup vs. winning the Champions League in Ask Alexi (21:24) and the guys offer up their top 3 World Cup contenders in World Cup Update (30:07). Finally, reaction to the USMNT's friendly victory against Paraguay headlines The Back Three (36:38).

Apr 03, 2018
S E8: World Cup dark horse + Zlatan to LA Galaxy + USMNT vs. Paraguay
00:45:04

Alexi and Mosse look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's blockbuster move to the LA Galaxy in the State of the Union (2:33). In Mosse Makes the Case (11:47), Mosse delves into the pressure piled on South American teams at the upcoming World Cup, including a possible dark-horse contender. Also, Alexi weighs in on the Christen Press saga in Ask Alexi (17:44) and the guys examine France's mettle in the World Cup Update (27:37). Finally, the USMNT's friendly against Paraguay headlines The Back Three (23:46).

Mar 27, 2018
S E7: Is diving cheating? + Germany's World Cup striker + Mourinho & Man U + USMNT
00:44:00

Alexi and Mosse break down the hypocrisy of calling players who dive "cheaters" in the State of the Union (2:12). In Mosse Makes the Case (11:11), Mosse explains how Jose Mourinho's ego could be getting the best of him with Manchester United. Also, Alexi offers his advice for USMNT forward Bobby Wood in Ask Alexi (17:32) and the guys examine Timo Werner and Germany's striker options in the World Cup Update (25:36). Finally, the Champions League quarterfinal draw headlines The Back Three (29:26).

Mar 20, 2018
S E6: MLS parity + Lionel Messi at World Cup + Barcelona vs. Chelsea
00:39:30

Alexi and Mosse discuss the uniqueness of MLS' parity and whether or not the league is the world's most competitive in the State of the Union (1:49). In Mosse Makes the Case (11:11), Mosse breaks down how Barcelona star Lionel Messi might be feeling a bit more pressure to perform in the Champions League. Also, Alexi picks his favorite team from CONCACAF to make a deep run at the World Cup in Ask Alexi (18:29) and the guys examine Argentina's plethora of attacking options in the World Cup Update (24:25). Finally, Christian Pulisic's response to adversity headlines The Back Three (29:44).

Mar 13, 2018
S E5: Champions League + World Cup & VAR + Neymar injury
00:43:15

Alexi and Mosse discuss FIFA's decision to use VAR at the World Cup in the State of the Union (2:06). In Mosse Makes the Case (11:46), Mosse breaks down how experience has played a big role in Champions League success. Also, Alexi picks which star players he'd like most to see join MLS in Ask Alexi (17:47) and the guys explore the impact of Neymar's impact on the Brazil national team in the World Cup Update (23:25). Finally, a look ahead to the busy MLS weekend headlines The Back Three (30:37).

Mar 08, 2018
S E4: MLS kickoff + Arsenal's decline + Kane, Salah & Aguero at World Cup
00:41:38

Alexi and Mosse prepare for Major League Soccer's upcoming season in the State of the Union (2:01) and the league's relationship with the USMNT. In Mosse Makes the Case (11:19), Mosse explores Arsenal's decline and whether or not Arsene Wenger should step away from the club. Also, Landon Donovan's comments about the next USMNT coach is addressed in Ask Alexi (17:14) and the guys debut a new segment titled World Cup Update (24:10). Finally, Sepp Blatter's endorsement for Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup headlines The Back Three (29:49).

Feb 27, 2018
S E3: USMNT's playing style + Champions League + Robben to MLS?
00:31:46

Alexi and Mosse look at the USMNT's style of play in the State of the Union (1:01) and what U.S. Soccer should consider going forward. In Mosse Makes the Case (12:12), Mosse explains why PSG's loss in the first leg of the Champions League tie against Real Madrid isn't necessarily a death blow. Also, Christian Pulisic competing for playing time at Dortmund gets addressed in Ask Alexi (17:59) and rumors of Arjen Robben's interest in MLS headlines The Back Three (24:24).

Feb 20, 2018
S E2: Cordeiro named USSF president + Champions League returns + Christian Pulisic's EPL fit
00:44:28

Alexi and Mosse break down the USSF presidential election in the State of the Union (2:01), after Carlos Cordeiro beat out the likes of Kathy Carter, Eric Wynalda and others for the honor over the weekend. The Champions League returned after a long break and Mosse looks at a few of the favorites in his Mosse Makes the Case segment (12:00). Also, Landon Donovan's return to the pitch gets addressed in Ask Alexi (19:27) and the future of USMNT talisman Christian Pulisic headlines The Back Three (31:20).

Feb 14, 2018
S E1: USSF presidential election + Christian Pulisic + Zlatan to LA Galaxy?
00:48:56

In the debut episode, Alexi and FOX Soccer researcher/stats guru David Mosse dive in on the upcoming U.S. Soccer Federation presidential election. Alexi dishes on Eric Wynalda in his State of the Union (1:44), while Mosse goes in on Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo's futures in his Mosse Makes the Case segment (14:21). Also, Christian Pulisic's tenure at Borussia Dortmund gets addressed in Ask Alexi (37:52) and rumors of Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining up with the LA Galaxy this summer headlines The Back Three (42:40).

Feb 06, 2018
Alexi Lalas' State of the Union Podcast Preview
00:00:48

First episode: Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Feb 01, 2018