19 Jul Alexi Lalas: Playing multiple sports early helps when you specialize later
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Some players have superstitions. Alexi Lalas had music and poetry to help him become a successful soccer player.
“I grew up playing a bunch of sports,” the former World Cup player and National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee said. “I do believe that part of the reason why I was able to be a successful soccer player was the fact that I was exposed to – not just other sports – but other things.”
Lalas added that he played hockey, basketball and football during his youth, and he also learned music, writing and poetry.
“We talk about in soccer the 90 minutes of a soccer game,” Lalas said. “Well, 90 minutes may be important, but the reality is you have to live your life in those other 22 and a half hours.”