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.
Montreal can breathe a sigh of relief with the return of Didier Drogba
Montreal can breathe a sigh of relief with the return of Didier Drogba

The best news of the Montreal Impact’s offseason came on Sunday when Didier Drogba effectively announced on Twitter that he’d be returning to Major League Soccer for the 2016 season. Even though owner Joey Saputo couldn’t confirm on Monday that Drogba would complete the upcoming season in Montreal, the exhale […]

Colorado’s on track to become the laughing stock of Major League Soccer
Colorado’s on track to become the laughing stock of Major League Soccer

The 2015 Colorado Rapids were depressing. They finished last in the Western Conference, last in goals scored and last in attendance. They continued to replace young talent with veteran mediocrity. Even technical director Paul Bravo, amidst all the spin, acknowledged that the team was a mess once the ball crossed […]

Neither Benitez nor Zidane can help Real Madrid while Perez is in charge
Neither Benitez nor Zidane can help Real Madrid while Perez is in charge

Last June was a busy month for Florentino Perez. In addition to appointing Rafa Benitez as manager to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti, the Real Madrid manager was also overhauling Real Madrid’s youth system. Through a process some called streamlining and others called cost-cutting, Perez disbanded Real Madrid C — […]

10 predictions for the 2016 MLS season
10 predictions for the 2016 MLS season

2015 was a big year in MLS, but if recent trends continue, 2016 will be even bigger. Here are 10 predictions for the new season: 1. More expansion Don Garber began laying the groundwork for another league expansion as early as April 2015, when he announced that MLS would push […]

10 things we learned from the 2015 MLS Cup final
10 things we learned from the 2015 MLS Cup final

Here are the ten things we learned from the 2015 MLS Cup. 1. The Timbers are champions It wasn’t a beautiful final, but this year’s MLS Cup from MAPFRE Stadium was a classic for all the controversy, intensity, and insanity it had from start to finish. The Timbers, thanks to […]

Timbers’ route to MLS Cup forged memories that transcend soccer
Timbers’ route to MLS Cup forged memories that transcend soccer

When he was battling kidney cancer, going through chemotherapy, and losing his long, wavy hair in the winter 2012, eight-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre of Portland contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He wanted his soccer team, the Green Machine, to play a game against the Portland Timbers. Atticus would be cancer free […]

10 things we learned from MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals 2nd legs
10 things we learned from MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals 2nd legs

Here are the ten things we learned from the second legs of the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals from this past weekend: 1. More Thrills This has been an unusually good postseason so far in MLS, and with four games back-to-back-to-back on Sunday, there were plenty more thrills and […]

10 things we learned from leg one of MLS’s conference semifinals
10 things we learned from leg one of MLS’s conference semifinals

Here are the 10 things we learned from the first legs of the Major League Soccer conference semifinals. 1. Having fun yet? For the four teams that advanced through the initial knockout round– and one in particular – there was hardly time to breathe before the conference semifinals started on Sunday. That, plus […]

10 things we learned from gameweek 33 of MLS
10 things we learned from gameweek 33 of MLS

Here are the 10 things we learned from week 33 of the Major League Soccer season. 1. What Got Into Portland? In another round full of the unexpected, the Timbers’ 5-2 throttling of the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center has to take the cake. The Timbers are now tied […]

Sunil Gulati to blame for decline of USA Team
Sunil Gulati to blame for decline of USA Team

Just two days after Bob Bradley’s USA side was knocked out of the 2010 World Cup in heartbreaking fashion by Ghana, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati was asked how he felt about the team’s tournament run. He answered, “I think the team is capable of more. I think the players […]

USA vs. Mexico CONCACAF Cup player ratings
USA vs. Mexico CONCACAF Cup player ratings

Here are the player ratings for Mexico’s thrilling 3-2 extra-time win over the United States for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Player ratings out of 5. United States Brad Guzan, 3 – Had several strong moments, and there was very little he could have done about the three goals. […]

10 things we learned from gameweek 31 of MLS
10 things we learned from gameweek 31 of MLS

Here are the 10 things we learned from Week 31 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season. 1. Nick Sakiewicz Out In Philadelphia The nightmare Philadelphia Union fans never thought they’d escape is finally over. In the immediate aftermath of another heart-breaking home defeat in the US Open Cup final, […]

10 things we learned from gameweek 30 of MLS
10 things we learned from gameweek 30 of MLS

Here are the ten things we learned from week 30 of the 2015 MLS season. 1. Parity is paying off Whether you like it or not, it’s hard not to marvel at MLS’ parity. In both the Western and Eastern Conferences, just six points separate teams one through six. Six teams […]

10 things we learned from gameweek 29 of MLS
10 things we learned from gameweek 29 of MLS

Here are the 10 things we learned from week 29 of the MLS season. 1. Frank Yallop sacked Chicago’s nightmare is finally over. The Fire sacked Frank Yallop on Sunday morning, in the aftermath of another dispiriting, sparsely attended home loss — this time to lowly Orlando City. This move […]