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 1
10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 1

Here are the 10 things we learned from the first week of MLS’ 20th season: 1. The new MLS TV deal got off to an encouraging start Not only should the Sunday double-headers on ESPN2 and FOX Sports 1 become destination spots for American soccer fans, but the productions on both networks feel […]

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

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 his Norwegian outfit Stabaek in a friendly against the Chicago […]

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

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 in Portland, Peter Vermes in Kansas City, Greg Vanney in […]

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

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. Nick Rimando, 5: Rimando came up with one big save, […]

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

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 question that MLS improved in the last two months. Even […]

Reading Between the Lines to Understand What Jurgen Klinsmann Really Means
Reading Between the Lines to Understand What Jurgen Klinsmann Really Means

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 unleashes his well-worn contradictions. If you’ve followed the USMNT since […]

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

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 and coached for the MetroStars and Red Bulls, a young […]

Lampard Extension at Manchester City is a Travesty For MLS
Lampard Extension at Manchester City is a Travesty For MLS

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 a con for the ages. NYCFC unveiled a player that, […]

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

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 Expansion Draft is often a mechanism for teams to complete […]

5 Things We Learned From The MLS Cup Final
5 Things We Learned From The MLS Cup Final

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 fifth time. Here are five thoughts. 1. Landon Donovan Retires […]

FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful
FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

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 of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 […]

Previewing the Teams in the 2014 MLS Playoffs
Previewing the Teams in the 2014 MLS Playoffs

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 – will be filled with drama, an unusual amount of […]

Landon Donovan Deserves Credit For Building US Soccer Culture
Landon Donovan Deserves Credit For Building US Soccer Culture

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 – but every time he ripped off his shirt in a […]

The Sad Tale Of Steve Zakuani’s Ailing MLS Career
The Sad Tale Of Steve Zakuani’s Ailing MLS Career

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 crowds ever since joining MLS in a midweek CONCACAF Champions […]

Cardiff Owner Vincent Tan Interested In Buying MLS Club
Cardiff Owner Vincent Tan Interested In Buying MLS Club

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 since coming to the Welsh club, has been quoted in […]