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Cool Dad Job: Announcer, Defender

Cool Dad Vibe: Smart Jock

Cool Dad Bona Fides: Soccer defenders rarely get to be recognizable all-stars. They lack the moves, the attitude, the shirt-shedding victory slides. But Alexi Lalas, the face (beard) of the 1994 World Cup U.S. soccer team, defied the odds and, now a National Soccer Hall-of-Famer and commentator, he is the most important voice in American soccer. Working for ESPN and Fox Sports, Lalas has covered the last four World Cups and, especially, the American teams’ many missteps leading up to the big games. Despite being a former player and coach (for the San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls, and Los Angeles Galaxy), he is not afraid to hold back his criticism of the U.S. Team. Take this doozy of a rant: “You are a soccer generation that has been given everything. You are a soccer generation who is on the verge of squandering everything. So, now it’s time to pay it back. Make us believe again!” Lalas isn’t the only guy trying to browbeat American soccer players into greatness, but he’s the fun one.