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Alexi Lalas’ State of the Union Podcast

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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. Follow Alexi Lalas' State of the Union podcast @SOTUWithAlexi on all platforms!


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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. Follow Alexi Lalas' State of the Union podcast @SOTUWithAlexi on all platforms!




Christian Pulisic scores again, Gio Reyna needs a move, MLS Cup Final preview

What a semifinal weekend in MLS! Alexi Lalas and David Mosse recap Columbus’ win over Cincinnati & LAFC’s win over Houston. Who will take home the MLS Cup title? Does Cincinnati still have a share of the best team argument as Supporters' Shield winners? (7:36) Across the pond, the 2023 UEFA Euro Draw took place and the guys break down which teams are slotted in the Group of Death. On the club side, Christian Pulisic scored yet again for AC Milan while Gio Reyna continued to waste away on the bench for Dortmund. (24:55) Make sure to tune into Thursday’s live podcast following the Copa America draw @FOXSoccer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Champions League Recap, Pepi vs. Balogun, MLS Semifinal Preview

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse dive into the thrilling Champions League action from the midweek. We cover the controversial handball in PSG vs Newcastle and Ricardo Pepi's winning goal for PSV over Sevilla. (6:11) Stateside, MLS Cup Playoffs are coming to a roaring conclusion as the semifinals are upon us! In the East, we have another edition of the HELL IS REAL Derby. Can Columbus pull off the upset over hated rivals Cincinnati? LAFC is looking to defend their title against US Open Cup champs Houston in the West. (31:26) To wrap the podcast, the guys answer your questions in #AskAlexi and break down The Athletic's article on American soccer leagues being at the forefront of rule changes in the beautiful game. (40:50) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


MLS semifinals are set, Americans Abroad recap, USMNT Camp Cupcake opponent revealed

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse are back from a busy weekend of soccer to recap all of the action from around the beautiful game. The guys kick it off with Camp Cupcake, as the United States Men's National team is set to take on Slovenia in San Antonio, Texas, in January. In MLS, the semifinals are here! The guys recap Cincinnati's controversial winning goal and the missed handball in Houston. (6:36) In Europe, Folarin Balogun found the back of the net while Weston McKinnie's Juventus attempted to keep pace with Inter Milan at the top of the Italian table. (25:04) In #AskAlexi, we dove into pragmatic vs dogmatic approaches for managers and the new potential 'orange' card debuting next year. (41:23) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


CONCACAF madness, Argentina & Messi's historic win over Brazil, MLS Cup Playoffs return

WHAT A WILD NIGHT OF SOCCER! Alexi Lalas and David Mosse react to the ebbs and flows from CONCACAF Nations League action as Canada fell to Jamaica and Mexico controversially held on against Honduras. (4:52) The guys then head down to CONMEBOL as Brazil suffered their first-ever FIFA World Cup Qualifying loss at home in history. What needs to change for Brazil to get back on track? Alexi and Mosse then preview this weekend's conference semifinals in the MLS Cup Playoffs. (20:10) In #AskAlexi, we cover where the USMNT should be ranked in the world and what pie is the best on Thanksgiving. To wrap the pod, Alexi and the crew share how thankful we are for our soccer family. (52:47) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Sergiño Dest's red card sinks USMNT 2-1 at T&T, Copa America ticket punched on aggregate

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse fired up the X Spaces to take a temperature on the red, white and blue fan base following a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago. Sergiño Dest took a dumbfounding red card in the first half to put the USMNT down a man for the majority of the match. Should Gregg Berhalter leave Dest off the roster for the foreseeable future? Stu Holden joined the call to weigh in. The guys also look ahead to next summer's Copa America and break down which players performed well in the loss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


USMNT beats Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 with late push: Instant reaction Show

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse hopped on X Spaces to field questions after the United States Men's National Team topped old foe T&T 3-0 behind goals from Ricardo Pepi, Antonee Robinson and Gio Reyna in Austin, Texas. The duo covers Gregg Berhalter's lackluster first half with the switch to a 4-2-2-2 formation, the importance of next summer's Copa America, and who stepped up in this match. Should Ricardo Pepi start over Folarin Balogun in the 2nd leg in Port Of Spain with Copa America on the line? Make sure to tune in right after the final whistle on Monday @AlexiLalas on X to react to all the action live with the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


USMNT vs Trinidad @ Tobago preview, Gotham wins NWSL title, MLS Cup Playoffs roll on

Alexi Lalas joins David Mosse from Soccerex in Miami to preview a MASSIVE international window for the United States Men's National Team as they attempt to clinch a spot in next summer's Copa America. Who will step up with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams and Timothy Weah out for the red, white and blue? (4:57) The guys then preview other huge tilts around the globe including Euro qualifications and Brazil hosting Argentina in World Cup qualifying. (26:34) In #AskAlexi, the guys field questions on how European scouting views Americans and much more. (40:39) Make sure to tune into our X Spaces live shows following each USMNT vs T&T match or catch them on your favorite podcast app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


BONUS POD: USWNT defender Naomi Girma on what she learned from 2023 FIFA WWC

Alexi Lalas chats with USWNT defender Naomi Girma. Alexi asks Girma what she learned from the USWNT's disappointing performance in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. She reflects on how she has improved individually since Sydney as well as how the team is preparing for the Olympics next summer. Girma also speaks on her NWSL career and her relationship with her San Diego Wave head coach Casey Stoney. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Emma Hayes headed to USWNT? Sporting KC, LAFC, FC Cincinnati advance in MLS playoffs & SOTU Wedding

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse dive into the reported news of longtime Chelsea manager Emma Hayes becoming the head coach of the USWNT. They reveal why they think Hayes is a home run hire and react to the possibility of her becoming the highest-paid women's coach. Then, they recap MLS weekend action including the LAFC-Vancouver late-game controversy, Sporting KC upsetting St. Louis and more. Alexi caps off the episode by debating Christmas decorations in Ask Alexi and highlights Producer Sean's wedding in one for the road. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Messi wins Ballon d'Or, Saudi Arabia set to host 2034 World Cup, USMNT chances in 2026

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse react to the news that Saudi Arabia will be the lone bid for the 2034 FIFA Men's World Cup. The duo then dives into MLS playoffs as the 2nd leg of games begin. Will SKC finish the job vs. top-seeded St. Louis? MLS star Lionel Messi won his record 8th Ballon d'Or this week, becoming the first active MLS player to take home the award. Alexi and Mosse then preview a stacked soccer weekend abroad including another edition of Der Klassiker, where Gio Reyna and Dortmund host Bayern Munich. In #AskAlexi, the guys rate Halloween costumes of Alexi himself before diving into the USMNT chances in 2026 to hoist the trophy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


USMNT Top-10 Teams All-Time, MLS disrespect, Jude Bellingham among best players in the world?

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse are your duo for all things soccer. The guys recap a busy weekend of MLS Cup Playoff action. Will Sporting Kansas City upset top-ranked St. Louis? (4:40) The guys then turn their attention to a busy weekend abroad. Christian Pulisic assisted in AC Milan's draw vs. Napoli while Gio Reyna got his first start for Dortmund. In Spain, Jude Bellingham dominated El Clásico for Real Madrid. Is he the most in-form player in the world at the moment? (25:32) Alexi caps the episode by ranking his ten best United States Men's national team squads coming off of the 2014 vs. 2023 debate that has raged on social media over the past week. (55:52) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


2014 vs. 2023 USMNT debate, Americans in UCL Recap, MLS Cup Contenders

Alexi Lalas is joined by a traveling David Mosse to recap Champions League action and preview the Americans Abroad this weekend. Up first, the MLS Wild Card round has come and gone and the best-of-three matchups are set. The guys preview the matchups and break down the pros and cons of the new playoff format. (7:26) Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah, Cameron Carter-Vickers and others took the field in midweek Champions League action. Who stood out and who needs to step up? Alexi and Mosse then look ahead to a massive weekend slate including AC Milan vs Napoli and Barcelona vs Real Madrid. (25:38) In #AskAlexi, we settle the raging debate on social media about whether the 2014 USMNT squad could beat the current team. Make sure to tune in twice a week, every week, to State of the Union for all of your red, white, and blue coverage you crave and need. (60:07) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


MLS Cup Playoffs set, Americans in UCL Preview, Messi vs. Ronaldo

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse break down a massive weekend of soccer. MLS Decision Day has come and gone and the MLS Cup Playoffs are here! The guys preview this week's Wild Card round before taking a look at the huge weekend ahead including Seattle vs. Dallas and Columbus taking on Atlanta. Across the pond, Juventus' win over AC Milan was historic as four Americans started on the field in the top flight in Europe. Is this a watershed moment for the red, white and blue? Elsewhere, Gio Reyna finally returned to action for Dortmund. Can he keep it going in the Champions League this week? In #AskAlexi, the duo answers your questions including Messi vs Ronaldo and when will the USMNT wear the denim kits again? Make sure to tune in on Thursday for our full MLS Cup Playoff preview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Grading USMNT performances, U.S. Players in Europe, and MLS Decision Day

Welcome to Alexi Lalas' State of the Union, hosted by Alexi Lalas and David Mosse, we bring you incisive analysis and discussions on all things USMNT. They grade the USMNT's October window, dissecting their loss to Germany and triumphant win over Ghana. We also preview the upcoming international window. (3:58) Next, they delve into key players like Christian Pulisic and Yunus Musah potentially starting against Tim Weah & Weston McKinnie for Juventus. They then break down the all-important MLS decision day and the key games that will decide the playoff seeding. We also explore Gio Reyna's stellar form post-USMNT window, where he scored a memorable brace against Ghana, and how he will fit into Dortmund's squad. (35:20) Lastly, in #AskAlexi, we give away swag and tackle the challenging question of the USMNT's Mount Rushmore. Join us for a deep dive into the USMNT's October window and much more! (47:02) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


USMNT cruises past Ghana 4-0: instant reaction SOTU

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse fired up the X Spaces to take questions and react to the United States Men's National Team's dominant performance in Nashville over historical foe, Ghana. Gio Reyna bagged a first-half brace. Should he start at the 10 going forward? (14:58) Where does Mexico stand after their great showing against Germany? The guys also chat about Timothy Weah's big October window and much more. (26:48) Make sure to tune into Thursday's regularly scheduled podcast for more soccer talk through the lens of red, white, and blue-colored glasses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


USMNT loses 3-1 to Germany instant reaction: the good, bad & ugly

Alexi Lalas fired up the X spaces for an instant reaction podcast to the USMNT's 3-1 loss to Germany. Alexi and Mosse react to Gio Reyna starting for the US, Christian Pulisic's goal, the team's defensive struggles and more. They also answer questions from fans like if expectations are too high or too low for Gregg Berhalter, what the chances are to play more top tier competition like Germany, and if this truly is the golden generation of the USMNT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


400th Episode Extravaganza: Gregg Berhalter's Evolution, Messi's MLS Impact, Golden Generation of USMNT?

In this special 400th episode of the "State of the Union" (SOTU) podcast, join hosts Alexi Lalas, David Mosse, and the ever-insightful Stu Holden as they delve into the exciting world of soccer. The US Men's National Team is at a crucial juncture as they gear up to face Germany and Ghana. In this episode, the trio discusses the significance of these matches as the true start of the next international cycle. With the summer of soccer and the 2026 World Cup in the USA on the horizon, these games are vital to evaluate where the USMNT stands. USMNT Manager Gregg Berhalter is under the spotlight as the hosts dissect the changes they'd like to see in the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Ghana. With a remarkably talented young team at his disposal, the expectations are high for Berhalter and his squad. Is this the golden generation of USMNT players? Alexi, Mosse, and Stu explore how this roster may be the most promising in history. They also ponder how Gregg Berhalter can make the most of this opportunity, leading into the summer of soccer. (13:03) Shifting focus, we dive into the world of Major League Soccer and Lionel Messi's transformative presence. Find out how Messi is forever changing the landscape of MLS and adding credibility to the league's growth. Can Messi maintain his international dominance until the 2026 World Cup? (38:07) The guys also tell the origin story of the podcast. Don't miss this milestone 400th episode! (68:07) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


USMNT roster breakdown, Pulisic & Balogun can't stop scoring, what's next for Messi & Miami?

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse are back in the studio to break down all of the action on and off the pitch this weekend! The USMNT released their October Window roster ahead of matches vs Germany and Ghana. Who are you most excited to see take the field this weekend... and why is it not Gio Reyna? (4:07) The guys then turn their attention to recently eliminated teams in MLS action including Inter Miami and DC United. Also, what will MLS look like in 5 years? (15:38) In Europe, Christian Pulisic & Flo Balogun scored huge goals for their sides while Gio Reyna finally returned for Dortmund. (34:51) The guys then answer your questions in #AskAlexi (50:27) before breaking down Netflix's David Beckham documentary. (65:00) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The World Cup Bombshell: 2030 Hosts Revealed, Aaronson's Struggles, MLS MVP Race, and VAR Controversy | SOTU

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse discuss the FIFA World Cup announcing the 2030 host locations for the FIFA World Cup: Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. But what really grabs our attention is the special twist for the 100th anniversary of the World Cup; Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay will each host a singular game to give their respective national teams and fans a home game experience. Shifting gears, since the 2022 Men's World Cup, Brenden Aaronson has struggled to find his form that we once saw glimpses of during his time at Leeds United. Now with Union Berlin, we break down his recent struggles and explore the possibilities of him returning. We then turn our attention to the MLS MVP race. Alexi Lalas shares his personal criteria for ranking the players in contention for the MVP title. We also delve into the implications of Messi's fluctuating status and how teams are beginning to address the ticketing issue associated with his absence. In #AskAlexi Alexi is asked about the current VAR issues occurring in the EPL and is also asked about Fiorentina owner, Rocco Commisso’s comments in 2018 regarding the state of US soccer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


FC Cincinnati & St. Louis City SC lock up top spots, Christian Pulisic & Folarin Balogun lead huge weekend for USMNT Abroad

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse recap the massive MLS weekend that was. From worst to first, FC Cincinnati won the Supporters' Shield while St. Louis City SC won the West in their first season. Will they keep their winning ways heading into the playoffs? (3:25) Americans starred abroad this weekend including Christian Pulisic and Yunus Musah for AC Milan in their 2-0 over Lazio. It wasn't all good news for the red, white, and blue, though, with Tyler Adams picking up an injury setback. (29:37) The guys also preview the 2nd weekend of Champions League action. (54:05) In #AskAlexi, we answer your questions including our dream stadiums and matches to go to in 2024 & our top-5 USMNT penalty takers. (56:27) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit