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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 spirit of football during the 2006 World Cup, especially during the Netherlands – Portugal Round of 16 game, which featured 34 yellow cards, 12 red cards, 129 screams, and 645 dives. Abe loves the Portland Timbers, and mostly tolerates his favorite European club, Chelsea FC. Abe is on Twitter @AbesWorldSports.

FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

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FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying. This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding … Continue reading

Previewing the Teams in the 2014 MLS Playoffs

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The MLS Playoffs begin Wednesday, and whether you like the playoff system or not, it’s an opportunity to make the most of it. The ten-team knockout tournament that will be played for the next month across the United States – and possibly Canada too … Continue reading

Landon Donovan Deserves Credit For Building US Soccer Culture

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It’s fair to say that Landon Donovan and the US soccer public have always had a complicated relationship. When he burst onto the scene all those years ago, everything about Donovan screamed insecure. He was talented – very talented – … Continue reading

The Sad Tale Of Steve Zakuani’s Ailing MLS Career

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The question was only asked because there was nothing else to talk about. The press conference lasted all of 50 seconds. The Portland Timbers had just crushed Guyanese side Alpha United 6-0 in front of one of their smallest home … Continue reading

Cardiff Owner Vincent Tan Interested In Buying MLS Club

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UPDATE: Sports Illustrated is reporting that Vincent Tan is one of the investors interested in acquiring MLS club Chivas USA. Vincent Tan just won’t go away. The enigmatic and controversial Cardiff City owner, who has avoided dullness at all costs … Continue reading

MLS Coaching Stability And How It Differs From Europe And South America

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It’s commonly accepted in modern football that managers will come and go like frequency waves. A run of bad results here, a falling out there, and the man in charge is changed. I say that because Ben Olsen was re-upped … Continue reading

USMNT Player Ratings In 1-0 Against The Czech Republic

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The first friendly after a World Cup is usually a particularly mind-numbing affair, but there were certainly positives for the United States to take out of another win on European soil at the Czech Republic, and one big sound-bite from … Continue reading

Toronto FC Must Work Hard To Rid Themselves Of Their Obscure Identity

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The well-worn life adage “the bigger they are, the harder they fall,” is almost always an on-the-money assessment of spectacular collapses. In Toronto, the football club that many credit with starting MLS supporter culture when they joined the league in … Continue reading

Landon Donovan Leaves Behind a Legacy as a Pioneer In US Soccer

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If we’re being honest with ourselves, we knew that Landon Donovan’s retirement was a long time coming. With Landon Donovan, there have always been very few secrets. His candidness, his realness, his humanness is legendary among American soccer circles. After … Continue reading

5 Thoughts On The 2014 MLS All-Star Game

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After the MLS All-Star Game Wednesday night in Portland, some misconceptions have been exposed. Keeping in mind that this was just a friendly where the result mattered little and playing to win wasn’t at the very fore of the conversation … Continue reading

Spurs Leading Chase to Sign DeAndre Yedlin From Seattle Sounders, Says Report

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Since his long, mouth-watering cameo against Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16, the star-spangled feature of DeAndre Yedlin has been the most-talked about American transfer story of the summer. Yedlin has been linked with top clubs in Italy, … Continue reading

ESPN to Debut Innovative Cameras Inside Goal Posts at MLS All-Star Game

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MLS’ big night is here: The 2014 All-Star game from Providence Park in Portland, which will see the league’s best, made up of a quasi-US national team core, take on European superpower Bayern Munich. ESPN2, which will broadcast the All-Star … Continue reading

Portland is Ready to Celebrate the MLS All-Star Game In Soccer City USA

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People like Portland. You see that when you go out of town, and tell people where you’re from. More often than not, you’ll see faces light up. “Oh, I love Portland!” Or, “I’ve heard Portland is amazing, I’ve always wanted to … Continue reading

USA World Cup Star Graham Zusi Talks to World Soccer Talk

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While in Florida promoting and helping with Gatorade’s Unreal Around the World contest, a program that provides select winners for a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the globe to experience trips in either Italy, England, Spain, Argentina, or Brazil with clubs like … Continue reading

Frank Lampard’s Move to New York City FC is a Wise Decision For Club and Player

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New York City FC made Frank Lampard their second designated player Thursday, signing the England and Chelsea veteran to a two-year deal that will pay Lampard almost eight million dollars per year. On the face of it, this is a … Continue reading

Best of 2014 World Cup In Brazil: Games, Goals, Underdogs and More

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The people who don’t steadfastly admit that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been the best ever edition of the great tournament will at least grant this: It’s the best World Cup in “recent memory.” Or, in other words, … Continue reading

Guide To Major League Soccer Teams, Players, Fans and History

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For sports fans who became enthralled by the World Cup coverage from Brazil, here’s a guide to Major League Soccer, the top flight league in the United States. Major League Soccer has two conferences, Eastern and Western with five teams … Continue reading