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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 gameweek 6 of MLS

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orlando

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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portland

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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rbny-columbus-crew

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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jurgen-klinsmann

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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mls-2015-season

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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new-york-city-fc

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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Dellacamera

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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dc-united

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 brad

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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coyle dynamo

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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usmnt

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

U.S Soccer president Sunil Gulati needs to take a stand against Sepp Blatter and FIFA

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sunil-gulati

On April 19th, 2013, Sunil Gulati – at least in theory – became one of the most powerful men in soccer. No one remembers the razor-thin margin of his victory – an 18-17 vote victory over Mexican Federation President Justino … Continue reading

Rating each MLS club’s signings during the off-season

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The MLS offseason is still churning as teams finalize their last transactions and continue to shape the excess of their rosters in advance of opening day, but training camp has opened and the major business has been done. There’s no … Continue reading

Reading Between the Lines to Understand What Jurgen Klinsmann Really Means

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jurgen-klinsmann

Since it appears that we are going to be stuck with Jurgen Klinsmann as the US Men’s National Team manager for the foreseeable future, it seems prudent to get to the bottom of what the boss really means when he … Continue reading

New York Red Bulls Should Have Doubled Down On Mike Petke, Not Fired Him

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Mike Petke

Mike Petke got out with his sanity intact. That’s a remarkable achievement, considering the club he worked so long and so hard for. Of course because he is Petke, with a thick New York accent, almost three hundred games played … Continue reading

Lampard Extension at Manchester City is a Travesty For MLS

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Lampard

Back in July, I wrote a column praising New York City FC’s signing of Frank Lampard. Except now, more than five months later, it’s unclear if NYCFC ever really signed Lampard in the first place. What we have here is … Continue reading

Analyzing The Expansion Draft For Orlando City SC And New York City FC

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orlando-city-crest

The MLS expansion draft never goes how anyone expects, nor does any one team do exactly what any other team would do. With the fluidity and communication between teams in MLS greater than in any other American sports league, the … Continue reading

MLS TV Coverage in 2015: Will FOX and ESPN Be Able to Match NBC’s Perfectionism?

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NBC broadcasted their final MLS game, the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution. It was a fittingly great game for a network that raised the bar of MLS coverage … Continue reading