In this bonus episode of the podcast, Alexi Lalas, former USMNT & MLS player (New England, Kansas City, LA & the MetroStars) shares his perspectives on the early days of MLS. Alexi reflects on where we've been and where we're going.
He reflects on his own experience with the 'Beckham Experiment' back in the '00's and how it corresponds with what we're witnessing with Lionel Messi at Inter Miami today.
Most importantly, Alexi shares his memories of Doug Hamilton. Doug, who helped build such a dominant 2001 Miami Fusion. Doug, who inspired Chris Henderson and Garth Lagerwey to have the front office careers that they've had. Doug, who helped shape the fabric of Major League Soccer.
Alexi takes time to recount a memorable time in MLS' history. Enjoy!
** Announcing the FIRST EVER #miamifusion reunion and live podcast recording of '25 for 25: The story of the Miami Fusion from those who lived it'. **
Mickey Byrnes Irish Pub in Hollywood, FL has been gracious enough to host us down at their venue on Friday, October 6 from 8-9:30pm ET
GRAB YOUR TICKETS AT THE LINK BELOW!
In 2001, despite putting together one of the best seasons in MLS history (at that point and arguably since), MLS made the decision to fold both the Fusion and their Florida neighbors, the MLS original franchise, Tampa Bay Mutiny.
While MLS soccer has returned to Miami in the form of David Beckham's Inter Miami, much has been discussed of "what could've been?" Had the Miami Fusion been allowed to stay and build. Indeed, what WOULD a Miami Fusion look like in 2023?
This podcast tells the story of the Miami Fusion through the voices of those who actually lived it. 25 interviews across 25 episodes charting the good, the bad, and the unbelievable.