Have you been following the World Cup? If so, you may see a familiar Scarlet Knight giving his feedback on the games.
ESPN commentator Alexi Lalas, a former US Men’s National Soccer Team member, played on the Rutgers men's soccer team from 1988 to 1991. During his four seasons at Rutgers, he led the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA Final Four in 1989 and the National Championship Game in 1990. Lalas was named a third team All-American in 1989 and 1990. In 1991, he gained first team All-American recognition and was selected for both the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards.
Lalas also played in Major League Soccer. He was a regular on the New England Revolution backline during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. He spent the 1998 season with the MetroStars and spent one season with the Wizards before announcing his retirement on October 10, 1999. Just over a year later, he returned to playing when he signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy as a discovery player on January 14, 2001. Nearly three years later, he retired again, this time permanently, on January 12, 2004.
Following his playing career, Lalas served as the president and general manager of the San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. He was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.
What do Rutgers and the World Cup have in common? Midfielder Michael Bradley, forward Jozy Altidore, and defender Jonathan Spector of the United States men’s national soccer team all played on the U-15 National Team under head coach Jim Barlow (the current Princeton University coach) and goalkeeper coach Charlie Inverso, who is on the coaching staff at Rutgers University.
Head men’s soccer coach Dan Donigan announced the addition of Inverso in March 2010. Sixteen of Inverso’s players have gone on to play professionally in the World Cup. Inverso started at Rutgers after he resigned as head coach at Mercer County Community College, where he spent 24 years.
Bradley, Altidore, and goalkeeper Tim Howard were all born in New Jersey. Bradley hails from Princeton and is the son of Bob Bradley, current head coach of the United States men’s national soccer team. Altidore is from Livingston, and Howard is from North Brunswick. Howard considered attending Rutgers while deciding between attending college and playing professional soccer.
Baird Foster RC’60 (Left in picture) and Steve Murray RC’60 (Right in picture), both Dekes, were unable to attend our 50th. When they learned from fellow Deke George Sipel RC’60 that neither could show up because they’d be in England, they exchanged a few emails and realized they’d be just 20 miles apart. So they staged their own reunion, with their wives, too, and had dinner at the Moorlands Hotel in Dartmoor, Devon, on May 9! Both admitted they would not have recognized each other on the streets, but they agreed it was fun to reminisce. Steve, retired for three years, lives in the Gainesville, GA, area. Baird retired in 1994 and lives in Moorestown, NJ. – Submitted by Dave Van Duren ED’60, Rutgers Magazine class correspondent
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