If you're of a certain age, you remember Alexi Lalas as this guy: the crazy-eyed, red-haired, scraggly-bearded, insane central defender for the United States national team.
These days, he's a pundit for ESPN and ABC Sports, covering international matches and tournaments—especially those involving the USMNT.
Lalas, 41, also worked as a commentator for NBC Sports during the 2000 Olympics and served as general manager for the San Jose Earthquakes, New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) and Los Angeles Galaxy.
Lalas helped bring David Beckham to the Galaxy in 2007, but he was fired the next year.
In addition to all that, Lalas has also played in a rock band called Gypsies, released a few solo albums and produced a weekly MLS video segment for the league's website.
You might not agree with much that he says (I don't), but Lalas is extraordinarily connected within American soccer.