In the build up to the massive USA vs. Honduras World Cup Qualifier in San Jose, our own Nate Abaurrea was joined by the one and only Alexi Lalas for a very special podcast edition of the SoccerNation Sitdown.
Abaurrea and Lalas did not hold back in the 25 minute conversation, recorded inside Avaya Stadium.
The two cover a wide range of intriguing topics, starting with the changing of the guard in US Soccer, the Americans reverting to old leadership in the wake of Jurgen Klinsmann’s sacking. Are things really any better today than they were in the latter days of 2016? Is the match against Honduras a “must win”?
Abaurrea and Lalas discuss the city of San Jose’s rocky history with MLS, and take a trip back to 1997, the last time the United States played a World Cup Qualifier in the Bay Area.
Lalas gives his take on MLS expansion, saying that San Diego, in his opinion, currently has “the second best bid of the 12 cities in the running.
Abaurrea and Lalas also discuss the recent national anthem ruling from US Soccer, touching on Megan Rapinoe’s protest, and what Lalas meant with his comments regarding Rapinoe, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.
All this, plus some glorious trips down USMNT memory lane. You won’t want to miss this special podcast edition of the SoccerNation Sitdown.