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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.

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

Player Ratings For Germany 1-0 Argentina in 2014 World Cup Final

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Germany won the World Cup late in extra time with a wonderful goal from Mario Gotze to deny Argentina. Here are the player ratings for both teams from the final. Germany   Manuel Neuer, 8: Neuer didn’t have too much … Continue reading

Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final: Key Player Matchups

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Will Argentina complete a remarkable and slightly inexplicable run to the title, or will Germany finally realize their unlimited potential? Here are the key matchups to watch. Ezequiel Garay v. Miroslav Klose Klose has done it. He has set the … Continue reading

Why It’s Too Soon to Count Brazil Out of the World Cup

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In the past 48 hours, I’ve lost count the number of conversations I’ve had with people or have overheard others talking about how Brazil won’t be able to defeat Germany due to the loss of Neymar and Thiago Silva. In … Continue reading

Heroic Effort From the USA’s Players Cannot Overcome Jurgen Klinsmann’s Management Madness

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The World Cup never let the USA breathe. From the moment they were drawn into the Group of Death and handed the World Tour travel plan, the American national soccer team couldn’t come up for air. There was the bombshell … Continue reading

USA Player Ratings For World Cup Game Against Belgium

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The US exited the 2014 FIFA World Cup with their heads held high after a 2-1 extra time loss to Belgium. Here are the player ratings. Tim Howard, 10: He covered himself in all kinds of glory with one of … Continue reading

USA vs Belgium Preview: USA Readies Itself Against the World Cup Dark Horse

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In many ways, it’s a classic matchup: A team with real belief whose sum is greater than its individual parts, against a sleeker, more fancied, more talented bunch who has a sum that is frustratingly less than its individual pieces. … Continue reading

Now The World Cup Fun Begins For USA After Escaping Group Of Death

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The United States didn’t deserve to go out of the World Cup Thursday against Germany — not after coming within 30 seconds of clinching their place in the knockout stages against Portugal, and battling gamely against the worst travel schedule … Continue reading

Player Ratings For USA-Germany World Cup Game

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It was one of the most tense viewing experiences as a fan of the US Men’s National Team, but the USA team did what was necessary to advance to the next round of the World Cup. We can now all … Continue reading

USA v. Germany 5 Match-Ups to Watch

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When was the last time the United States played a bad World Cup game, devoid of drama, controversy, and great goals? You’d have to go all the way back to a meeting with Germany in Paris in 1998. Jurgen Klinsmann … Continue reading