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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.

Bob Bradley is a fine coach and capable of securing a big European role

Posted on by Abe Asher
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Bob Bradley cuts an imposing figure on a touchline. Booming voice. Chiseled features. Wilting stare. And you’d kill for his posture. On Sunday afternoon, it was Bradley standing ramrod straight for 90 minutes on a clear, chilly Portland day, coaching … Continue reading

Owen Coyle is an unknown quantity as he tries to improve Houston Dynamo

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The clear trend for hip, successful, front-running MLS clubs – almost always owned by young, heavily engaged owners – is to hire progressive American managers and rely heavily on systems, analytics and attractive soccer. Gregg Berhalter in Columbus, Caleb Porter … Continue reading

USA 2-0 Panama player ratings after USMNT earns much-needed win

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Back in the sunshine of Carson, California, Jurgen Klinsmann’s US national team got a comfortable and much-needed 2-0 win over a meek Panama side to wrap of a January camp full of contention and discord. Here are the player ratings. … Continue reading

U.S Soccer president Sunil Gulati needs to take a stand against Sepp Blatter and FIFA

Posted on by Abe Asher
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On April 19th, 2013, Sunil Gulati – at least in theory – became one of the most powerful men in soccer. No one remembers the razor-thin margin of his victory – an 18-17 vote victory over Mexican Federation President Justino … Continue reading

Rating each MLS club’s signings during the off-season

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The MLS offseason is still churning as teams finalize their last transactions and continue to shape the excess of their rosters in advance of opening day, but training camp has opened and the major business has been done. There’s no … Continue reading

Reading Between the Lines to Understand What Jurgen Klinsmann Really Means

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Since it appears that we are going to be stuck with Jurgen Klinsmann as the US Men’s National Team manager for the foreseeable future, it seems prudent to get to the bottom of what the boss really means when he … Continue reading

New York Red Bulls Should Have Doubled Down On Mike Petke, Not Fired Him

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Mike Petke

Mike Petke got out with his sanity intact. That’s a remarkable achievement, considering the club he worked so long and so hard for. Of course because he is Petke, with a thick New York accent, almost three hundred games played … Continue reading

Lampard Extension at Manchester City is a Travesty For MLS

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Back in July, I wrote a column praising New York City FC’s signing of Frank Lampard. Except now, more than five months later, it’s unclear if NYCFC ever really signed Lampard in the first place. What we have here is … Continue reading

Analyzing The Expansion Draft For Orlando City SC And New York City FC

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The MLS expansion draft never goes how anyone expects, nor does any one team do exactly what any other team would do. With the fluidity and communication between teams in MLS greater than in any other American sports league, the … Continue reading

MLS TV Coverage in 2015: Will FOX and ESPN Be Able to Match NBC’s Perfectionism?

Posted on by Abe Asher
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NBC broadcasted their final MLS game, the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution. It was a fittingly great game for a network that raised the bar of MLS coverage … Continue reading

5 Things We Learned From The MLS Cup Final

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The LA Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in extra time at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Sunday afternoon, following an all-too-familiar script to win their fifth championship and deny the Revolution in the final for the … Continue reading

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