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.
USWNT’s Abby Wambach under pressure ahead of match against Sweden
USWNT’s Abby Wambach under pressure ahead of match against Sweden

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 to the fire on Monday. Talking to the press, Sundhage […]

Review of day one of FOX’s Women’s World Cup coverage
Review of day one of FOX’s Women’s World Cup coverage

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 been positive from FOX – from the studio setup in […]

Player ratings – USMNT 4 Holland 3
Player ratings – USMNT 4 Holland 3

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. Here are the player ratings: Brad Guzan, 7: Guzan, named […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13

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 soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando would be completely privately financed, […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12

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 Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes striker hit the century mark […]

Sacking Carlo Ancelotti would be a major mistake for Real Madrid
Sacking Carlo Ancelotti would be a major mistake for Real Madrid

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 crime? A year after delivering Real their elusive 10th European […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 11
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 11

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 with Chad Barrett, watched Barrett nab a brace, and returned […]

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

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 New York Red Bulls – New York City FC thing […]

New York City’s future remains bright despite troubled start
New York City’s future remains bright despite troubled start

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 against Colorado and Philadelphia. During that stretch, the team has […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 9
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 9

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 200 appearance landmark against Seattle earlier this year, the Galaxy […]

9 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8
9 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8

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 week. It hasn’t been pretty. Univision had a double-header on […]

10 things we learned from gameweek 6 of MLS
10 things we learned from gameweek 6 of MLS

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 newly confident Portland Timbers, and dismantled them in a convincing […]

10 things we learned from gameweek 5 of MLS
10 things we learned from gameweek 5 of MLS

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 MLS history to go into stoppage time winning and finish […]

10 things we learned from gameweek 4 of MLS
10 things we learned from gameweek 4 of MLS

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 Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Nick Rimando, Robbie Keane and others absent […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 3
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 3

Here are the 10 things we learned from week three of MLS. 1. New beginnings in San Jose Thanks in large part to MLS’ generous hand in scheduling the Chicago Fire as the opposition on opening day at the new Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes’ big day went off […]

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2

Here are the 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2: 1. A Little Joy For NYCFC NYCFC’s rollout was rough. It ranged from brutally mismanaged to the deliberately misleading in the signing of Frank Lampard. The team still doesn’t have a stadium plan, the New York Yankees are moaning about […]