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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 17

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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

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