Grant Wahl: MLS News – Writers – Wahl: MLS pilgrimage yields insight on Utah’s coach, Adu, Lalas – Tuesday August 3, 2004 8:07PM offers a number of interesting news bits coming out of the all-star break. The conversatoin with former defender, now San Jose General Manager Alexi Lalas provided some very-rare insight into how MLS brass think.

On his new job: “I wish the players could go through the experience I’ve been through in the past six months. Every day I learn something new. The reality I’ve been exposed to is sobering, but it’s also very enlightening. Most players don’t think about the work and the commitment to generate the crowds, and the challenges the individual markets and staffs have. This is as big a challenge, if not more so, than anything I ever did on the field. And I want to be successful.”