TV Report: Lalas leaves ESPN for Fox Sports

Alexi Lalas, the longtime ESPN analyst, became the latest addition to the Fox Sports stable of soccer analysts as it beefs up its staffing for 2015 when it will again cover MLS and the U.S. national team and take over from ESPN as the FIFA English-language rights holder.

Lalas, who will also contribute to the UEFA Champions League and Fox Sports' other ongoing soccer properties, covered the last three World Cups for ESPN. He was its lead studio analyst.

“We are very pleased to be able to add one of the sport’s true stars to our exceptional roster of on-air soccer experts,” said John Entz, Fox Sports' executive vice president, production. “He has a Hall of Fame pedigree, and comes to us with decades of experience on and off the field.  His dynamic personality and passion for the game is evident every time the red light goes on."

Lalas played for the USA at the 1994 World Cup and played in Italy and MLS. He also served as a general manager in MLS, most recently with the LA Galaxy when it acquired David Beckham. He is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

“I am really thrilled to join Fox Sports and work on the terrific lineup of soccer properties they’ve assembled over the last few years," said Lalas in a statement. “I’ve been impressed with the quality and depth of Fox’s soccer coverage and I’m excited to contribute to the overall effort and help grow the sport I love.”

Fox Sports recently added longtime goalkeeper Brad Friedel as a member of its soccer team.
1 comment about "TV Report: Lalas leaves ESPN for Fox Sports".
  1. John DiFiore, December 17, 2014 at 2:10 a.m.

    Good! ESPN is awful!! More power to Fox! Just terrible how little coverage they had of MLS Cup and no college cup games.

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