The Mutant Gene Podcast with Alexi Lalas

The Mutant Gene Podcast with Alexi Lalas

United States

The Mutant Gene Podcast is a weekly installment from FOX Soccer analyst, former US Soccer legend Alexi Lalas. Each week 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, insight, and a rotation of the top names in the sport.


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 summer. (11:20) This week, Alexi is joined by legendary ESPN broadcaster Bob "the General" Ley. The two discuss the glory days of the New York Cosmos and the rise and fall of the original NASL, the early days of Sportscenter, the two major soccer tournaments this summer (Euro 2016 & Copa America), Bob's reporting on the scandal surrounding Baylor University, and much more.

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.

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 Gonzalo 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 their differences over the years and have a fascinating conversation about what really happened on that 1998 World Cup team amidst all of the controversy.

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 Detroit - how will the expansion affect incumbent team Detroit City FC? (9:20) Alexi is joined by an interesting guest this week - Sports Illustrated's sports media writer Richard Deitsch. The two get into a fascinating (and sometimes heated) conversation around FS1's new approach to bring debate-style programming onto the network by hiring the likes of Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock, what drives the success of shows with that format, the authenticity of conversations in media environments, ESPN's hiring of former USWNT star Abby Wambach, the style of FOX's coverage of soccer vs. other networks, and much more.

Ep. 4 - 4/29/16 - Leicester City's magical season, Guest: Ted Westerwelt  

Alexi is back with another TMGP discussing the historic run Leicester City has gone on this season. From 5000 to 1 title odds to just a win away from clinching the Premier League. Plus, Liverpool defender Mahmadou Sakho is suspended for a failed drug test, Alexi gives his thoughts on doping in the sport. Is Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic the next messiah of American soccer? His chances of being called up by Klinsmann for the upcoming Copa Centenario. Guest this week is Ted Westerwelt, the leading proponent for promotion and relegation in the United Stats. Ted dishes on MLS commissioner Don Garber calling him excellent for MLS but bad for US soccer. Plus, the MLS situation in Detroit and what the future could hold for a team in the Motor City.

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 (24:15), Why the USMNT has not improved under Klinsmann (30:20), why men and women players should not receive equal pay (35:00), and how the MLS can solve refereeing issues (38:00).

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 continued reports of abused workers preparing for Qatar 2022 (34:00). In between each question and answer, Alexi walks your through the entire interview process and gives his opinion on each of Infantino's answers. Finally, Canadian soccer president and CONCACAF presidential hopeful Victor Montagliani joins Alexi to discuss questions surrounding corruption and integrity in CONCACAF (42:00), his thoughts on why CONCACAF has been so corrupt and what can be done to stop it (48:40), and his thoughts on the Copa America and expanding the Gold Cup (51:40).

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 LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. The two talk about world bias against American players and coaches (30:25), if the MLS referees are good enough (35:20), if the MLS could benefit from promotion/relegation (39:25), the current state of the USMNT under Jurgen Klinsmann (40:20), and improvements Bruce would make to better the MLS (45:40). Alexi ends the podcast discussing why American players need to embrace their strong personalities off the pitch (47:50).

Ep. 0 - 4/8/16 - Mutant Gene Podcast Preview  

The Mutant Gene Podcast with Alexi Lalas launching Monday, April 11!

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