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The Mutant Gene Podcast with Alexi Lalas

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The Mutant Gene Podcast from FOX Soccer analyst, former US Soccer legend Alexi Lalas. Each episode Alexi will dive into the hottest topics in soccer around the US and the world, from the MLS to the World Cup and everything in between. Tune in for great opinion and insight in a way that's as unique as Alexi, plus the top guests in the sport.

The Mutant Gene Podcast from FOX Soccer analyst, former US Soccer legend Alexi Lalas. Each episode Alexi will dive into the hottest topics in soccer around the US and the world, from the MLS to the World Cup and everything in between. Tune in for great opinion and insight in a way that's as unique as Alexi, plus the top guests in the sport.
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The Mutant Gene Podcast from FOX Soccer analyst, former US Soccer legend Alexi Lalas. Each episode Alexi will dive into the hottest topics in soccer around the US and the world, from the MLS to the World Cup and everything in between. Tune in for great opinion and insight in a way that's as unique as Alexi, plus the top guests in the sport.




Ep. 22 - Video Assistant Referees, Mourinho in Europa League final & FIFA Confederations Cup | Guest: Roger Bennett

In the latest TMGPod, Alexi Lalas predicts what impact Video Assistant Referees will have on the Beautiful Game (2:40), explains why the Europa League final will be a seminal moment in Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho’s career (7:15) and takes a first look at next month’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia (10:25). Alexi is then joined by this week’s guest Roger Bennett, one half of the "Men in Blazers,” who shares his journey from Liverpool to the United States (14:10), why he fell in...

Duration: 01:12:20

Ep. 21 - MLS parity, Champions League favorites, & US Soccer spending | Guest: Ben Grossman

Alexi Lalas is back on the pod after a lengthy break and explains how MLS is the most competitive league in the world (5:15), reveals which team is the sentimental favorite in the Champions League (9:30) and what he thinks U.S. Soccer should spend their $1 million surplus on (12:50). Later, Alexi is joined by this week’s guest, Ben Grossman, who opens up about his work for FOX as a soccer production consultant (16:20), how he sees the industry changing (22:20), and what bones he has to...

Duration: 01:08:29

Ep. 20 - MLS Cup & World Cup expansion | Guest: Grant Wahl

In the latest episode of TMGP, Alexi Lalas discusses the uncertain future of the NASL and USL, the second and third tiers of American soccer (2:45), tells you who needs to win MLS Cup more: Toronto or Seattle (6:25), and he picks his favorite option among the various proposals for World Cup expansion (9:45). Alexi is then joined by renowned soccer journalist Grant Wahl for a lengthy interview discussing Grant’s path to realizing his dreams of working at Sports Illustrated (13:20), what...

Duration: 01:18:37

Ep. 19 – 11/16/16 – Should Jurgen Klinsmann be fired after latest USMNT losses? | Guest: Eric Wynalda

This week on TMGP, Alexi goes on a lengthy rant dissecting the USMNT’s worst ever start to a Hex in World Cup qualifying and if Jurgen Klinsmann should be fired or not (1:00). He’s then joined by former USMNT teammate and current FS1 colleague Eric Wynalda to delve further into the USA’s losses to Mexico and Costa Rica (13:00), the Klinsmann question (24:00), and where the USMNT goes from here (34:00). Alexi also asks Eric about his own coaching aspirations and experiences (50:10) before...

Duration: 01:12:28

Ep. 18 - 10/17/16 - Bradley to Swansea, Wambach doubles down, World Cup 2026 | Guest: Sigi Schmid

This week on TMGP, Alexi addresses Bob Bradley’s Premier League gig (3:00), Abby Wambach’s renewed criticism against dual nationals in the USMNT (7:09), and the probably U.S. bid to host the 2026 World Cup (12:49). Then, legendary coach Sigi Schmid joins Alexi to open up at length about his exit at the Seattle Sounders (18:50), his relationship with GM Garth Lagerway (22:37), the high expectations in Seattle and what’s next for his successor Brian Schmetzer (34:00). Sigi then talks about...

Duration: 01:23:08

Ep. 17 - 9/20/16 - Landon Donovan’s Comeback, The Red Line, A Bad Week For Jose Mourinho

This week on TGMP: Fox Sports’ Alexi Lalas examines on the motivation behind Landon Donovan’s comeback (3:30), the ‘red line’ and the merits of a closed system in the MLS (8:00), and a bad week for the red half of Manchester and their new manager, Jose Mourinho (10:30). Then Fox Sports Executive Producer, Jonty Whitehead, joins Alexi to talk about his love of Sheffield Wednesday (15:30), his career at Sky Sports (18:30), launching an English-speaking sports channel in the Middle-East for...

Duration: 01:05:19

Ep. 16 - 9/9/16 - Megan Rapinoe, Wynalda-Bedoya Twitter Beef and Hope in the Form of Christian Pulisic

This week on TMGP: Fox Sports Alexi Lalas discusses Megan Rapinoe’s national anthem protests (1:40), Alejandro Bedoya’s twitter fight with Eric Wynalda (8:45) and why he’s excited by the rise of Christian Pulisic (14:45). Then, Alexi is joined by Hall of Fame soccer player and ESPN broadcaster Julie Foudy (20:45).

Duration: 01:09:37

Ep. 15 - 8/15/16 - Fernando Fiore on Hope Solo, start of the EPL season, the 2018 World Cup, & more

Fox Sports' Alexi Lalas is joined by Emmy award winning broadcaster and fellow Copa America Centenario panellist Fernando Fiore to discuss Hope Solo's comments following USWNT's loss to Sweden (6:15), how the coaches are the real stars in this year's EPL (12:15), where USMNT would finish in the 2018 World Cup if they were coached by Pep Guardiola (16:00), whether MLS should change to a European schedule (19:30), will Brazil finally win Olympic Gold in mens soccer (24:30), the differences...

Duration: 01:02:22

Ep. 14 - 8/8/16 - The Price of an MLS Franchise, Hope Solo vs. Brazil, Constructive Criticism on Twitter, Guest: Taylor Twellman

This week on TMGP: Alexi addresses the chatter around MLS expansion fees possibly reaching $200 million (2:15), Hope Solo's lack of popularity at the Olympics (6:00) and whether it's 'tacky' to discuss a player's salary on TV (9:15). Then ESPN's Taylor Twellman, joins Alexi to talk about why he was so unaccommodating with the media as a player (17:45), Taylor's experience with ESPN at the Euros (24:30), getting death threats on social media (38:15), what would make MLS better (41:30),...

Duration: 00:58:41

Ep. 13 - 8/1/16 – Fabian Castillo, Chris Rolfe’s Concussion Troubles & the NBAPA’s Historic Decision, Guest: Clint Irwin

This week on TMGP: Alexi Lalas questions why Fabian Castillo’s listed salary differs so much from what he’s actually being paid (3:45), Chris Rolfe’s struggles from concussion how the MLS should address the issue going forward (7:30), Alexi applauds the NBAPA for their historic decision to fund health insurance for all retired players (12:00). Then Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin joins Alexi for a conversation ranging from gun control (25:15) to Clint’s respect for Richard Sherman of the...

Duration: 00:56:26

Ep. 12 - 7/26/16 – Bruce Arena vs. soccer analytics, Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Conor McGregor & everything in between...

This week on TMGP: Alexi Lalas gives thanks for Bruce Arena's candor and addresses the Galaxy coach's comments on soccer analytics (3:15), Katie Nolan's interactions with the US soccer community (11:30), Jason Kreis' new job (15:30), Fabian Castillo's move to Trabzonspor (23:15), the situation in Seattle and whether the Sounders are a 'superteam' (33:45), how long Cristiano Ronaldo would last in the Octagon with Conor McGregor (39:00) and more...

Duration: 00:41:58

Ep. 11 - 7/18/16 – RSL vs. the Press, “The Dark Side of American Soccer Culture”, Jurgen Klinsmann’s next move, Guest: Rob Stone

This week on TMGP: Alexi discusses Real Salt Lake’s decision to revoke the press credentials of a reporter from a local paper (2:40), the reaction to Jay Caspian Kang’s article, “The Dark Side of American Soccer Culture” (4:40), and more talk on the Jurgen Klinsmann to England rumors (9:10). Then FS1 studio host, Rob Stone joins Alexi for a conversation on getting his first job in sports (17:10), making the move from ESPN to FOX Soccer (26:20), and Rob’s thoughts on the state of US Soccer,...

Duration: 00:59:24

Ep. 9 - 6/29/16 - USA in Copa, Messi's Final Moment

Alexi gives a detailed synopsis of Copa Centenario: Alexi talks about Dunga's Brazil and it differed from the Seleção of previous generations (6:45) before getting into the pre-tournament expectations facing Argentina and Lionel Messi's impact on the tournament (14:15). He then moves on to the stylistic differences between ESPN's coverage of the Euros and FOX's coverage of Copa (20:45) and explains why he picked USA to beat a much favored Argentina side in the semifinal (27:00). Alexi...

Duration: 00:59:42

Ep. 8 - 5/28/16 - Giovinco's snub, Mourinho's new job & the road to Copa Centenario, Guest: Bob Ley

TMGP returns after a brief hiatus. Alexi discusses Antonio Conte's rationale for leaving Sebastian Giovinco out of the Italy squad for Euro 2016. (5:20) Unless you've been living under a rock (or you're Mike Francesca), you know that Jose Mourinho has been hired as Man United's new manager. Alexi weighs in on why he's the perfect man for the job. (8:00) After Jon Harkes' comments on USMNT going far in Copa Centenario, Alexi talks about his expectations for Jurgen Klinsmann's men this...

Duration: 01:00:36

Ep. 7 - 5/23/16 - Reaction to Steve Sampson Interview

After the interest in last week's episode, Alexi's coda to the Steve Sampson interview.

Duration: 00:05:23

Ep. 6 - 5/15/16 - Ibrahimovic to MLS & USA/Mexico 2026, Guest: Steve Sampson

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finished his time with PSG, and rumors are circulating he could be headed to the MLS. Plus, what will a bid with USA and Mexico for the 2026 World Cup mean for both countries? And how realistic is it? Also, Kei Kamara is traded to the New England Revolution following an altercation with teammate Federico Higuain. Our guest this week is Steve Sampson, Alexi's former coach on the US Men's National Team coach during the 1998 World Cup. The two have had...

Duration: 01:04:05

Ep. 5 - 5/5/16 - Leicester City's championship, Guest: SI's Richard Deitsch

Alexi is back for another TMGP after Leicester City officially captures their first Premier League championship, the most unlikely championship in the history of sports. There has been much debate over the analytics of soccer, especially after their victory, and Alexi addresses where analytics fit in the game. Plus, Abby Wambach has a new job with ESPN, how will she approach her new role given her past? (6:00) There is a lot of chatter around the MLS expanding to Alexi's hometown of...

Duration: 01:11:26

Ep. 3 - 4/25/16 - American ownership in the EPL, Guest: John Strong

On this week's TMGP Alexi discusses negativity towards American ownership in the Premier League. Plus, Bruce Arena's comments on how media played a role in Nigel de Jong's suspension (8:15) and proposed solutions to the continued issues of refereeing in the MLS (11:20). Lead soccer voice for FOX Sports John Strong joins Alexi this week for a great convo surrounding the sport. The two discuss the negative bias towards announcers with an American voice as opposed to British or Spanish...

Duration: 00:58:19

Ep. 2 - 4/15/16 - FIFA President Gianni Infantino & Victor Montagliani

Alexi is back for another Mutant Gene Podcast discussing Graham Zusi's awkward comments on equal pay for women (3:00), Nigel de Jong's controversial tackle on Darlington Nagbe (6:45), and NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira suspending players for social media conduct (9:40). Then, Alexi gives a full breakdown of his interview with new FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Infantino discusses equal pay for women soccer players (23:50), the Panama Papers and selling broadcasting rights (29:30), and...

Duration: 00:53:58

Ep. 1 - 4/10/16 - Abby Wambach & Champions League, Guest: Bruce Arena

On the inaugural episode of the Mutant Gene Podcast Alexi Lalas discusses Abby Wambach's DUI and reaction from USMNT players Alejando Bedoya and Jozy Altidore (3:15). Plus, Champions League discussions on Real Madrid's loss to Wolfsburg (7:15), Man City's draw vs. PSG and the future of Ibrahimovic (8:45), and Fernando Torres' yellow cards vs. Barcelona (11:15). Also, what do the Panama Papers mean for Lionel Messi and new FIFA president Gianni Infantino? (12:30) Alexi then has a chat with...

Duration: 00:50:19

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