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Author Archives: Abe Asher

About Abe Asher

Abe Asher lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon. He fell in love with the intensity, stakes, and unrivaled spirit of football during the 2006 World Cup. Abe supports and covers the Portland Timbers locally, the USMNT nationally, and the American game and national team football at large for World Soccer Talk. Abe is on Twitter @abe_asher.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12

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Here are the 10 things we learned from gameweek 12 of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Congratulations to Chris Wondolowski The wait for Wondo’s 100th MLS goal wasn’t a long one. Eight days after heading in 99 at Avaya … Continue reading

Sacking Carlo Ancelotti would be a major mistake for Real Madrid

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The now commonly accepted fact is that Carlo Ancelotti will coach his last game for Real Madrid on Saturday against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu, after which he will be fired after his second season in the Spanish capital. Ancelotti’s … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 11

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week eleven of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Seattle Is The Team To Beat The Sounders traveled up to BC Place to take on the front-running Vancouver Whitecaps, replaced Obafemi Martins … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 10

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week ten of the Major League Soccer season. 1. The first New York derby lives up to the hype MLS has had its fair share of contrived, manufactured, entirely disappointing rivalries. This … Continue reading

New York City’s future remains bright despite troubled start

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The results aren’t painting a pretty picture for New York City FC ahead of the biggest match in franchise history. NYCFC haven’t won since the middle of March. They’ve lost five of their last seven, with measly draws picked up … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 9

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Here are the 10 things we learned from gameweek nine of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Sleepwalking in LA  Alan Gordon has, single-handedly netted LA somewhere around five of their 13 points this season. Without Gordon, who hit the … Continue reading

9 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week eight of the MLS season. 1. Univision’s MLS English-language broadcasts are a disaster With MLS’ new TV deal, Univision was pushed into the spotlight with an exclusive Friday night game each … Continue reading

10 things we learned from gameweek 6 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week six of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Orlando can be as good as they want to be The Lions made one of the longest road-trips in MLS to play the … Continue reading

10 things we learned from gameweek 5 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week five of the 2015 Major League Soccer season: 1. Crisis in Philadelphia What’s the worse feeling for Philadelphia Union fans right now? That the Union became only the seventh team in … Continue reading

10 things we learned from gameweek 4 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from gameweek 4 of MLS. 1. Why did we play this weekend?  MLS has consistently played through FIFA international breaks. That was the case this weekend too, with the likes of Clint Dempsey, Michael … Continue reading

Jurgen Klinsmann should be sacked if USMNT fail to win Gold Cup

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When Bob Bradley got sacked as US manager after the 2011 Gold Cup, it was the right move. The US needed a new voice. Fresh ideas. Different energy. Bradley did a good job, but it was time for both parties … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 3

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week three of MLS. 1. New beginnings in San Jose Thanks in large part to MLS’ generous hand in scheduling the Chicago Fire as the opposition on opening day at the new … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2

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Here are the 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2: 1. A Little Joy For NYCFC NYCFC’s rollout was rough. It ranged from brutally mismanaged to the deliberately misleading in the signing of Frank Lampard. The team still doesn’t have … Continue reading

The original voice of U.S. soccer JP Dellacamera should be calling more MLS matches

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The best goal call of the opening MLS weekend – local or national – was JP Dellacamera on Ike Opara’s opener for Sporting Kansas City against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon. Dellacamera’s pop in perfect symphony with … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 1

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Here are the 10 things we learned from the first week of MLS’ 20th season: 1. The new MLS TV deal got off to an encouraging start Not only should the Sunday double-headers on ESPN2 and FOX Sports 1 become destination spots for … Continue reading

Bob Bradley is a fine coach and capable of securing a big European role

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Bob Bradley cuts an imposing figure on a touchline. Booming voice. Chiseled features. Wilting stare. And you’d kill for his posture. On Sunday afternoon, it was Bradley standing ramrod straight for 90 minutes on a clear, chilly Portland day, coaching … Continue reading

Owen Coyle is an unknown quantity as he tries to improve Houston Dynamo

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The clear trend for hip, successful, front-running MLS clubs – almost always owned by young, heavily engaged owners – is to hire progressive American managers and rely heavily on systems, analytics and attractive soccer. Gregg Berhalter in Columbus, Caleb Porter … Continue reading

USA 2-0 Panama player ratings after USMNT earns much-needed win

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Back in the sunshine of Carson, California, Jurgen Klinsmann’s US national team got a comfortable and much-needed 2-0 win over a meek Panama side to wrap of a January camp full of contention and discord. Here are the player ratings. … Continue reading