RELATED: USMNT shuts out Mexico in World Cup qualifierCurrently, the Americans sit in second place on the table at 15 points, just one point short of the first-place Canadians and one point ahead of third-place Mexico.They’ve earned the respect of FIFA, who've ranked the Yanks as the 12th best team in the world.
And now Lalas believes it's time for Americans to give the squad their respect."I think they deserve your respect," Lalas told FOX Television Stations. "And I think, ultimately, they deserve your belief in what they have done."Alexi Lalas, USA. (Photo by Neal Simpson - PA Images via Getty Images) Lalas understands why fans would be hesitant to embrace this team.