Alexi Lalas, most recently the roster-builder of your Galaxy before he was relieved of his duties, said on ESPN’s soccer coverage recently that if the Red Bulls of New York beat Real Salt Lake and made it to the MLS Cup, he’d shotgun a Red Bull energy drink on the set (story linked here and here).
We did some research, and after several minutes of fishing around (linked here), we are now convinced that the Red Bulls did in fact quality for the Cup, to be played at Home Depot Center on Sunday, and broadcast by ESPN (12:30 p.m.).
JP Dellacamera will call the match with John Harkes and sideline reporters Allen Hopkins and Pedro Gomez.
Rob Stone hosts the studio show with Julie Foudy and … Lalas, who was also a former president, GM and player for the New York franchise. Lalas also predicted before that Red Bull-Salt Lake final that Red Bull would lose to Houston in the conference semifinals.
The challenge for Lalas after Bulling up on his bet — the trick is to slam a hole in the bottom of the can and drink it all down ASAP — won’t be so much the caffeine surge (go with the sugar-free, it’s safer), but more possibily for Stone and Foudy to keep him quiet for the rest of the halftime and post-game analysis.