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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.

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

Luis Suarez Claims ‘These Things Happen In The Box’ After Biting Incident Mars Win Against Italy

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In a post-match interview, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez brushed off the biting incident that became the main talking point of the Italy-Uruguay World Cup game. In an interview with Uruguay media, Suarez said: “These things happen in the box. We … Continue reading

USA Gives Performance to Be Proud Of That Has Earned Nation’s Belief and Respect

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As Graham Zusi lumbered off the sandy pitch at the Arena Amazonia to make way for a fresh, tall, athletic center-back in Omar Gonzalez, a decisive change was made. It may have been referee Nestor Pintana himself who communicated to … Continue reading

USMNT Player Ratings From USA vs Portugal World Cup Game

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Who said soccer was boring, eh, sports fans?! The United States of America were some thirty seconds away from the World Cup knockout stages and a stranglehold on the Group of Death, but a Cristiano Ronaldo cross, headed in by … Continue reading

4 Key Matchups to Watch In USA vs Portugal Game

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With so much riding on this game for both the USA and Portugal, the US Men’s National Team couldn’t have picked a better time to play a demoralized and injured Portugal team. But nothing is easy in soccer. Here are … Continue reading

England Knocked Out Of World Cup By Luis Suarez’s 2 Fatal Blows After Costa Rica Upset Italy

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It’s over too soon for England. A 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Sao Paolo coupled with a shock Costa Rica win against Italy means that England are out of the World Cup before they’ve even played their third and final … Continue reading

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly From Week 1 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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We’re halfway through the group stage of the World Cup, and nearing the midway point of the tournament. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly from the first week in Brazil. The Good 1. CONCACAF One of the … Continue reading

The End Of A Dynasty: Is This The End of Spain’s Reign?

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The end of a dynasty is never quick and painless. It’s a long and sad process. Heroes are riddled with blame and great men are discarded. Everyone watches as the walls come tumbling down. That was Spain against the Netherlands … Continue reading

England Down But Not Out Of 2014 FIFA World Cup

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After losing their World Cup opener 2-1 to Italy in stifling Manaus, England find themselves in an uncomfortable position. No, it’s not about making up the lost points. It’s this: England lives in hope. How else can you explain The … Continue reading

Ghana 1-2 USA: US Player Ratings

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Following the USMNT’s 2-1 victory over Ghana we look at the playmakers and rank their performances on the evening. Tim Howard, 9: The US goalkeeper was at the top of his game all night long, and while he was forced … Continue reading

USA vs Ghana Preview: Ghana Faces Tough Test Against A Powerful USMNT Team

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It’s been a continuous contradiction from Jurgen Klinsmann: The US can’t win the World Cup, but they’re here to shock the world. They’re not underdogs in the Group of Death, but they’re here to shock the world. It’s anyone’s guess … Continue reading

Preview Of The United States in the 2014 World Cup

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It’s time for 32 World Cup teams to meet their maker. Four years of preparation have come to this. It’s a little unnerving. Anything and everything can happen. For the U.S., things are no different. Three games in the Brazilian … Continue reading

Will The Third Time Be The Charm For The U.S. Against Ghana?

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To say that the USA and Ghana are unlikely rivals would be an understatement. One nation is a global superpower at the center of almost every international engagement, and the other is a sovereign African nation that has made great … Continue reading