Lalas walks into ideal situation

January 27, 2004
By Marc Connolly
The MLS off-season is getting stranger by the minute.

Forget the signing of Freddy Adu, Peter Nowak heading to D.C. United to succeed Ray Hudson as head coach, or Fulham's signings of Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra. The most surprising move of the winter came on Tuesday when the San Jose Earthquakes named Alexi Lalas as their president and general manager.

Yes, that Alexi Lalas.

The one whose scruffy goatee, wild red hair, guitar-playing exploits and candidness ...

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