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Alexi Lalas And Brad Friedel Close to Joining FOX Sports

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UPDATE (December 9, 2014): FOX Sports has confirmed that Brad Friedel will join the broadcaster as an analyst in 2015.

FOX Sports is close to finalizing deals to acquire Alexi Lalas and Brad Friedel as its newest soccer analysts, says a World Soccer Talk source.

If finalized, the move to acquire the talents of Lalas and Friedel will bolster FOX’s soccer coverage, where the two former US Men’s National Team players can lend their expertise to FOX Sports’ coverage of MLS and select US games (beginning in 2015), as well as coverage of the UEFA Champions League and, of course, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in addition to the possibility of working the 2015 and 2019 Women’s World Cup tournaments.

A FOX Sports spokesperson declined to comment regarding the news. ESPN was reached for comment, where a spokesperson said “We are currently in negotiation with Alexi Lalas about his future with ESPN. We are hopeful he will remain with us.”

World Soccer Talk understands that Lalas’ contract with ESPN expires near the end of 2014, so the timing of a deal with FOX could be fortuitous to Lalas and FOX Sports in order to start 2015 on a strong note. Lalas lives in Los Angeles, where the FOX Sports studios are based.

The prospect of Friedel and Lalas joining FOX Sports means that the network could feature four former USMNT stars as talent, joining Eric Wynalda and Brian McBride in studio.

Friedel has appeared on FOX Sports several times in the past as a guest analyst. For example, during the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Friedel was in the studio at Wembley Stadium alongside Curt Menefee and Eric Wynalda for the network’s coverage of Barcelona against Manchester United.

Friedel is currently the third string goalkeeper at Tottenham Hotspur, and is an ambassador for the club. His 2014/15 Premier League season is expected to be his final one as a professional athlete.

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20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Wolf

    October 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Cantona says ( really he would be embrassed that you used his name!!) and goatslookshifty (well your name says it all) you are both morons go read a book on football or better yet my 3 yr old has more knowledge, will happily school you. Say something that shows you have some knowledge of the game. Did any of you listen to the world cup commentary from Brad Friedel ??!!
    rkujay, you are a FOOL .

  2. rkujay

    October 20, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Good the arrogant and the phony English accent from Ohio. fox, as always, reaches low.

  3. StellaWasAlwaysDown

    October 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Can’t we have any shows that are more fun, and not so commentary-driven? Soccer is a fun sport, and they should be out interviewing players, showing leagues, etc. I don’t want to watch boring commentators try to break down formations for an hour or two. Boooorrriiiinnnggg.

  4. goatslookshifty

    October 17, 2014 at 9:12 am

    At least we now know Brad Friedel finally plans on retiring from playing at the ripe old age of 63!

  5. Tim

    October 17, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I dont get the Lalas hate. He at one point was an American soccer homer but for the most part will tell it like it is. He has strong views and is very opinionated so maybe thats why people hate him but for just as many people who dislike him there are plenty that love him as well. I say good hire by Fox.

    • Flyvanescence

      October 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

      His analysis in a nutshell consists of “set pieces” and “wanting it more”. And starting arguments with analysts far more knowledgeable.

      Please.

      • cheeky

        October 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm

        Like who? What analysts?

  6. nickp91

    October 17, 2014 at 12:38 am

    If Fox is going to broadcast the World Cup, they have to get Alexi. When I think of people analyzing US soccer, the first person that comes to mind is Alexi. I enjoy Alexi and Taylor Twellman on ESPN but if Fox is serious about the World Cup, signing Alexi is a must.

  7. Cantona

    October 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Fox is playing it safe… Friedel is credible as a limited analyst.. Lalas feeds to the USA only braw crowd….

    Most real footy fans couldn’t give a monkeys who the pre/post game guys are.. Either we watch or we don’t..

    Bigger concern is the commentator.. That decision will drive whether I’m watching Fox or ITV or streaming some other world feed.. Plain and simple, I have options, so it’s up to Fox to make it attractive to watch their coverage.

    Every day it’s easier and easier to get internet subscriptions or streams to the coverage that the consumer wants.

    Cantona—

  8. Smokey Bacon

    October 16, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Friedel is an obvious Fox hire but Lalas may be an indication that they intend to copy the ESPN blueprint. It will be Brandi Chastain next as their Julie Foudy. Warren Barton is a poor man’s McManaman. The crucial decision is the main match commentator. Please let it be Jon Champion.

  9. jfc14

    October 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Wish they were getting Andy Grey

    • cheeky

      October 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Christ almighty.

  10. Mufc77

    October 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I didn’t think it was possible to hire somebody worse than Keith costigan, I was wrong.

  11. Flyvanescence

    October 16, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Cant wait to hear Wynalda, Friedel, LOLas and McBride break down Spain v Germany next World Cup.

  12. goatslookshifty

    October 16, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Unless they’re replacing Wynalda and Stone, we are all breaking even.

  13. bob

    October 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Love me some Lalas

    • Flyvanescence

      October 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      HEY! EVERYBODY!

      We found That Guy!

      • EDub

        October 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

        LOlll …

      • Guy

        October 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

        No, Fly…that’s a Bob!

  14. Cody

    October 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Facepalm.

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