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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.

The strangest night in MLS All-Star history when Guardiola ignored Porter’s handshake

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It had to have been one of the strangest questions Mauricio Pochettino has ever fielded, but it was a question that everyone in MLS knew was coming – yes, Pochettino will shake Pablo Mastroeni’s hand at the conclusion of the … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

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Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21st week of the MLS season. 1. Pirlo! Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, … Continue reading

US Soccer should have hired Joachim Löw, not Jurgen Klinsmann

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I’m not surprised that the United States lost to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal on Wednesday night. If you’ve been watching the tournament, you probably weren’t surprised either. Jamaica is a solid team. Thanks to a new coach, the … Continue reading

USA 1-2 Jamaica player ratings, Gold Cup semi-final

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After another dismal performance, the United States has paid the ultimate price: A humiliating loss to Jamaica at the Georgia Dome in the Gold Cup semifinal – the first to a Caribbean team at home for the US since 1968, … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season. 1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league’s best attacking team ever. … Continue reading

USA vs. Cuba player ratings from Gold Cup quarterfinal

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deandre-yedlin

The USA got their easiest and biggest win of the 2015 Gold Cup on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore against a depleted Cuba in the quarterfinal. The final score? 6-0 to the Americans. Stiffer tests are to come, but for now, the … Continue reading

USA vs. Panama player ratings

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michael-bradley

It was coming: The United States’ failure to beat Panama at Sporting Park on Monday night can hardly be surprising, considering the nature of their first two wins at this 2015 Gold Cup. Now, the business end of the tournament … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 19

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Here are the ten things we learned from week nineteen of the 2015 MLS season. 1. Hats Off To Jim Curtin Jim Curtin, without a doubt, has the hardest managerial job in Major League Soccer. Ask any Union fan, or … Continue reading

USA vs. Haiti Gold Cup player ratings

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The US clinched its Gold Cup group last night with a 1-0 win over Haiti, but did little to soothe the fears surrounding this team after its first match against Honduras. Here are the player ratings for both teams. USA … Continue reading

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The revival of the Columbus Crew and what it means for American soccer

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On a hot Midwest day two years ago, the Columbus Crew beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 at what was then Columbus Crew Stadium. By the end of the season, the Timbers would be Western Conference champions playing a slick style … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 18

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Here are the ten things we learned from week eighteen of the MLS season. 1. Seattle Strikes A Blow To Save Its Season There is no torture in soccer like the torture of being unable to score goals. That’s what … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 17

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Matt Miazga

Here are the ten things we learned from Week 17 of the 2015 MLS season. 1. Rivalry Week worked The big, weeklong push for MLS’ first rivalry week paid off with some terrific spectacles and terrific soccer over the weekend, … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 16 of 2015 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 16 of the MLS season: 1. The LA Galaxy Are Back The Galaxy got healthy. Robbie Keane, Robbie Rogers, AJ DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez – the band was back together in front … Continue reading

Clint Dempsey is a great player but a poor role model as USMNT captain

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You’ve heard it by now, but Clint Dempsey lost it again on Tuesday night. It was the fourth round of the US Open Cup, Seattle Sounders against the Portland Timbers. The game was in extra time, and the Sounders, through … Continue reading

USWNT’s Abby Wambach under pressure ahead of match against Sweden

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There are plenty of fascinating angles in the buildup to the United States against Sweden Women’s World Cup match, and former US head coach, current Sweden boss, and generally beloved mother figure to the women’s game Pia Sundhage added fuel … Continue reading

Review of day one of FOX’s Women’s World Cup coverage

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On one of the biggest sports days of the year, the 2015 Women’s World Cup got underway Saturday from Canada and marked the beginning of FOX Sports’ World Cup era. In the buildup to the tournament, all the signs had … Continue reading

Player ratings – USMNT 4 Holland 3

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Well, folks, international friendlies don’t get any better than that! It was a banner day for the US men on Friday, as the Americans traversed a late 3-1 deficit against the Netherlands to come back and beat the Dutch 4-3. … Continue reading

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 13 of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Orlando City is the league’s best show This week started strongly for Orlando City – the club announced last Wednesday that its new … Continue reading