Watch: 'Soft, underperforming, tattooed millionaires!' Commentator rips struggling US football team to bits




A Former US football player has ripped into the current crop of talent representing the United States who are struggling in their FIFA World Cup qualifiers, picking apart individuals not living up to their reputation.

After a 2-0 loss to Costa Rica and a 1-1 draw with Honduras this month, the US team's hopes of qualifying are on a knife's edge - if the side cannot improve on its current fourth-place standing, it could move on to an intercontinental playoff against Australia or Syria in November.

Alexi Lalas played 96 matches for the US as a defender and has since become a commentator for the sport.

But he showed his passion for the national team hasn't died since his last match in 1998 thanks to the fiery lecture during a live broadcast of yesterday's MLS game between the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy.

"It's dark days, indeed, but this is a time for leaders to step up," he began. "And so to the supposed leaders, I will say this...

"Tim Howard. Tim, the Belgium game ended three years ago. We need you to save the ball now.

"Geoff Cameron. Clean it up, or let's get someone who will.

"Clint Dempsey. Yeah, you're a national team legend; now we need you to be a national team leader.

"Michael Bradley. The US does not need you to be zen, the US needs you to play better.

"Jozy Altidore. Is this really as good as it gets? Because it's still not good enough."

Lalas also targeted the current coach of the national team Bruce Arena, who before the loss to Costa Rica enjoyed a 14-game unbeaten streak this year upon replacing Jurgen Klinsmann.

"Bruce Arena. Jurgen Klinsmann lost at home to Mexico. You lost at home to Costa Rica. This is now all on you, not Jurgen," he continued.

And he also took a shot at young star Christian Pulisic, adding: "And, oh, by the way, to all the guys that I didn't mention, it's because you don't even warrant a mention. That includes you too, Wonder Boy."

Lalas finished his tirade by focusing on the team's mindset.

"So, what are you guys going to do?" Lalas went on. "Are you going to continue to be a bunch of soft, under-performing, tattooed millionaires? You are a soccer generation that has been given everything; you are a soccer generation who's on the verge of squandering everything.

"So now it's time to pay it back. Make us believe again. You don't owe it to yourselves, you owe it to us."

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