It’s part of an analyst’s job to occasionally espouse opinions which aren’t wholly popular. Once in a while, someone’s going to take exception to something you’ve said. Alexi Lalas did that, criticizing Philadelphia Union midfielder Freddy Adu. And then Adu got twitter beef.
During halftime of Sporting Kansas City’s 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls on ESPN2, Lalas was asked by play-by-play man Adrian Healy to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to two players. Lalas did just that, praising the Sounders’ Fredy Montero for adapting his game to play alongside Eddie Johnson. He then criticized Freddy Adu, saying the attacking midfielder had failed to make himself the fulcrum of the Philadelphia offense.
“He’s kind of like a luxury car – he’s not practical.“
Adu, obviously, was not happy. But instead of say, using criticism as fuel and resolving to make himself a better, player, he got snippy on twitter, because that’s what people do in 2012.
Adu actually left two messages, one with a typo, after hearing Lalas’ comments. He later deleted both, but KCKRS was able to take some iPhone screenshots.
Lalas responded with a grammar correction, presumably since pointing out that he picked up 96 caps and played in two World Cups while winning all four major trophies possible in American club soccer would be too easy.
So there are multiple Freddys? RT @freddyadu Younare the beat player ever in us national team history. We are all not worthy of you.
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) August 27, 2012