Alexi Lalas attacks USA’s ‘soft millionaires’ and ‘Wonder Boy’ Pulisic

The former USA international Alexi Lalas launched a tirade against Bruces Arenas team on Sunday after their struggles in World Cup qualifying

The former USA international Alexi Lalas launched a tirade against Bruces Arenas team on Sunday, calling the players underperforming, tattooed millionaires.

After a string of mediocre results, the US could face a playoff against Syria or Australia to qualify for next years World Cup if they make it that far in the first place.

Lalas, a pundit for Fox Sports, made his comments during coverage of the Seattle Sounders-LA Galaxy on Sunday night.

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September 11, 2017

Its dark days, indeed, but this is a time for leaders to step up, he said. And so to the supposed leaders, I will say this: Tim Howard. Tim, the Belgium game ended three years ago. We need you to save the ball now. Geoff Cameron. Clean it up, or lets get someone who will.

Clint Dempsey. Yeah, youre a national team legend; now we need you to be a national team leader. Michael Bradley. The US does not need you to be zen, the US needs you to play better. Jozy Altidore. Is this really as good as it gets? Because its still not good enough.

Lalas, who won 96 caps for the US, is usually a firm backer of the national team but he did not spare the younger members of the team. That included the USs great young hope, Christian Pulisic. And, oh, by the way, to all the guys that I didnt mention, its because you dont even warrant a mention, he added. That includes you too, Wonder Boy.

When Jrgen Klinsmann was fired as USA coach last year, many believed the appointment of Arena would reverse the teams fortunes. But they managed just one point from their last two matches and are fourth in their group, one place off the automatic qualifying spots for Russia 2018.

So, what are you guys going to do? Lalas said. Are you going to continue to be a bunch of soft, underperforming, tattooed millionaires? You are a soccer generation that has been given everything; you are a soccer generation whos on the verge of squandering everything.

The US still have their fate in their own hands: if they win their remaining fixtures against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago they will qualify.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/11/alexi-lalas-usa-soccer-team-criticism-world-cup