‘Stop trying to be a hard a**’: Alexi Lalas calls out Leeds duo Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie for the way the US national team stars have been carrying themselves on the field
Fox soccer commentator and former US national team member Alexi Lalas has blasted Leeds‘ midfielders Tyler Adams and Weston Mckennie over the way the duo have been carrying themselves on the field.
‘Stop trying to be a hard a** and just pass the ball and just make the tackles that you can do and you can still be physical and get those ”oohs” and ”ahhs” without getting in the face of somebody every single time you feel you’ve been aggrieved, which is sometimes what we’re seeing with Tyler Adams,’ Lalas said.
‘I love that he stands up for himself, I love that he stands up for his teammates but at times you look around and you’re like ”what are you standing up for right now?” It was just a hard tackle or something like that. You’re creating an incident or creating and creating an altercation where it doesn’t need to be.’
Lalas’s made his comments in his ‘State of the Union’ podcast, after Adams and McKennie were both given yellow cards following a skirmish that happened during the game against Everton.
Leeds would go on to lose the game 1-0 and lose traction in the battle to avoid relegation by falling to 19th place in the Premier League.
Alexi Lalas blasted Leeds’ midfielders Tyler Adams and Weston Mckennie for their behavior
Tyler Adams was issued a yellow card against Everton for starting an on field altercation
Weston Mckennie was also given a yellow card for his role in contributing to the scuffle
Adams is in his first season with Leeds after a summer move from German side RB Leipzig and McKennie was recently acquired on loan with an option to buy from Juventus during the January window.
The duo recently saw they coach that brought them to the club, fellow American Jesse Marsch fired due to the teams poor performance throughout the season.
His replacement through the end of the season was named on Tuesday in Javi Gracia who most recently managed Qatari side Al Sadd to a title.
Gracia will not rely on the duo of Adams and McKennie to control Leeds midfield the same way they did for the US national team during the 2022 World Cup.
Whether the duo listen’s to Lalas and stops being ‘hard a******’ remains to be seen however.
The altercation started when Adams and Dwight McNeil became tangled up after a tackle
Adams responded to the tackle and tangle up by putting his hand in McNeil’s chest to push
He eventually drove McNeil all the way to the barrier on the sidelines as teammates intervened