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 26
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 26

Here are the ten things we learned from Week 26 of the MLS season. 1. The sack race is finally over Joey Saputo ended it, bringing down the hammer on Frank Klopas at past midnight on Sunday morning in the aftermath of a 2-1 loss at rival Toronto FC. The Impact had […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 25
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 25

Here are the 10 things we learned from Week 25 of the 2015 MLS season. 1. LA continues to roll The LA Galaxy are just outrageously good. So good, in fact, that after drubbing New York City FC 5-1 in one of the marquee matchups of the season on Sunday […]

10 things we learned from gameweek 24 of the MLS season
10 things we learned from gameweek 24 of the MLS season

Here are the 10 things we learned from gameweek 24 of the MLS season: 1. Nat Borchers’ emotional moment  Nat Borchers is the ultimate professional, a player with true gravitas and depth. He was a key cog in Jason Kreis’ Real Salt Lake for many, many years, but this last […]

10 things we learned from gameweek 22 of the MLS season
10 things we learned from gameweek 22 of the MLS season

Here are the ten things we learned from week 22 of the MLS season. 1. Trouble In Seattle The Sounders were demolished 3-0 by the Vancouver Whitecaps at home on Saturday night. The loss, Seattle’s seventh in their last eight games, hurt for a number of reasons. It happened with […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21st week of the MLS season. 1. Pirlo! Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him. Pirlo played just a […]

US Soccer should have hired Joachim Löw, not Jurgen Klinsmann
US Soccer should have hired Joachim Löw, not Jurgen Klinsmann

I’m not surprised that the United States lost to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal on Wednesday night. If you’ve been watching the tournament, you probably weren’t surprised either. Jamaica is a solid team. Thanks to a new coach, the best part of two months together this summer thanks to […]

USA 1-2 Jamaica player ratings, Gold Cup semi-final
USA 1-2 Jamaica player ratings, Gold Cup semi-final

After another dismal performance, the United States has paid the ultimate price: A humiliating loss to Jamaica at the Georgia Dome in the Gold Cup semifinal – the first to a Caribbean team at home for the US since 1968, the US’ first Gold Cup loss before the final in […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season. 1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league’s best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon […]

USA vs. Cuba player ratings from Gold Cup quarterfinal
USA vs. Cuba player ratings from Gold Cup quarterfinal

The USA got their easiest and biggest win of the 2015 Gold Cup on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore against a depleted Cuba in the quarterfinal. The final score? 6-0 to the Americans. Stiffer tests are to come, but for now, the US can enjoy a big day. Here are the player […]

USA vs. Panama player ratings
USA vs. Panama player ratings

It was coming: The United States’ failure to beat Panama at Sporting Park on Monday night can hardly be surprising, considering the nature of their first two wins at this 2015 Gold Cup. Now, the business end of the tournament begins. Here are the player ratings (out of 10) for […]

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 19
10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 19

Here are the ten things we learned from week nineteen of the 2015 MLS season. 1. Hats Off To Jim Curtin Jim Curtin, without a doubt, has the hardest managerial job in Major League Soccer. Ask any Union fan, or anyone who covers the team, and they’ll tell you that […]

USA vs. Haiti Gold Cup player ratings
USA vs. Haiti Gold Cup player ratings

The US clinched its Gold Cup group last night with a 1-0 win over Haiti, but did little to soothe the fears surrounding this team after its first match against Honduras. Here are the player ratings for both teams. USA Brad Guzan, 8 – Guzan looked every bit the part […]

The revival of the Columbus Crew and what it means for American soccer
The revival of the Columbus Crew and what it means for American soccer

On a hot Midwest day two years ago, the Columbus Crew beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 at what was then Columbus Crew Stadium. By the end of the season, the Timbers would be Western Conference champions playing a slick style of soccer under a young manager with confidence and vision. […]

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 18
10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 18

Here are the ten things we learned from week eighteen of the MLS season. 1. Seattle Strikes A Blow To Save Its Season There is no torture in soccer like the torture of being unable to score goals. That’s what the Seattle Sounders were facing as they played on the […]

10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 17
10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 17

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, and while the corporate branding was somewhat nauseating, expect the […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 16 of 2015 season
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 16 of 2015 season

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 of an unusually strong StubHub Center crowd on Saturday night, […]

Clint Dempsey is a great player but a poor role model as USMNT captain
Clint Dempsey is a great player but a poor role model as USMNT captain

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 both misfortune and misdeed, were down to nine men against […]