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Wherein I team up with Alexi Lalas, re Sunil Gulati


I’ve never understood the discontent in some corners over U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati. He’s not perfect, and I’ve publicly disagreed with Gulati’s stances or decisions here and there.

But in general, Gulati is a smart guy who does a commendable job of balancing myriad interests.

That’s my opinion. I know a lot of people disagree, and the frustration level spikes whenever a United States national team crashes short of its presumed birthright destination. Suddenly, in some corners, it’s all Gulati’s fault.

While we’re at it, let’s blame the man for outsize corporate tax loopholes and pathogens in our drinking water.

But why listen to me? I’ve said it before. Even I get tired of listening to me. It’s utterly exhausting.

So listen to Alexi Lalas, who just delivered his latest “Shot.” This one is about some recent comments from Bruce Arena. Arena’s words seem directed toward Gulati, a man who dismissed Arena after the 2006 World Cup.