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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.

Mexico vs New Zealand, World Cup Playoff 1st Leg: Open Thread

Posted on by Abe Asher
mexico-new-zealand

Time will stand still today in Mexico and New Zealand as the Kiwis take on El Tri in the first leg of the World Cup playoff in Mexico City. For viewers in the United States, the match kicks off at … Continue reading

Roy Hodgson, the Manager Respected Around The World, Except In England

Posted on by Abe Asher
roy-hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson is the ideal person to root for. After being unable to break into the Crystal Palace first team from 1965-66, Hodgson played non-league soccer with Tonbridge Angels before moving on to Gravesend & Northfleet. At age … Continue reading

Chelsea Are Cruising Under Jose Mourinho And Ready to Pounce When Arsenal or Liverpool Slip Up

Posted on by Abe Asher
Mourinho

It’s always wise to point a camera at Jose Mourinho. Train a camera on the man, and he’ll pay you back with some remarkable scenes. Such was the case on Sunday as a revived Fernando Torres pounced on a cataclysmic … Continue reading

MLS’s Poor Scheduling Decisions Undermine the Excitement of Playoffs

Posted on by Abe Asher
portland-timbers

Portland Timbers have clinched their first-ever Major League Soccer playoff game, which — for Timbers supporters — is a euphoric and monumental achievement. What makes their November 7 playoff match even more enticing is the possibility that if Seattle Sounders … Continue reading

Watching The Unrivaled Drama Of The 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

Posted on by Abe Asher
brazil-worldcup-2014

You know the story by now. As the seconds drained away in Costa Rica and Panama, Mexico had completed their final and ultimate capitulation: Needing just a point to seal a playoff berth, El Tri — under their third manager … Continue reading

Your Guide to World Cup Qualifiers: Preview & TV Guide for October 11-15

Posted on by Abe Asher
world-cup-2014-brazil-poster

We’re getting right down to it. We’re under two months away from the FIFA World Cup draw in Brazil, and during these next two months, the field for the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet will be finalized. For some … Continue reading

Jurgen Klinsmann Has Built USMNT Into A Team Brimming With Confidence

Posted on by Abe Asher
jurgen-klinsmann

Clint Dempsey’s penalty miss in the dying moments of the United States National Team’s 2-0 victory over Mexico Tuesday night carried an overwhelming sense of poetry and fate. A conversion from Dempsey would have made the final score 3-0. Three-nil … Continue reading

Your Guide to the International Break: World Cup Qualifiers Preview & TV Guide for September 6-10

Posted on by Abe Asher
world-cup-2014

After the thrills of two narrow 1-0 victories for Arsenal and Liverpool against Spurs and Manchester United this past weekend, and the mayhem of transfer deadline day, a crucial international break awaits. With World Cup qualifying winding down, countries can … Continue reading

Why Scolari Deserves Praise For Turning Brazil Into World Beaters

Posted on by Abe Asher
luiz-felipe-scolari

As the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup drew to a close Sunday night in the famous Maracana, Luiz Felipe Scolari raged. He ranted and gesticulated, looking more like a wildly animated cartoon character than the coach who had just … Continue reading

Why It’s Time To Bring Landon Donovan Back to the USMNT For World Cup 2014

Posted on by Abe Asher
landon-donovan

On top of the Hex, and looking a sure bet for a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it may seem like this isn’t time for the United States men’s national team to make changes to their soccer … Continue reading

Stage Is Set For Evolving Mourinho to Reach New Heights at Chelsea

Posted on by Abe Asher
jose-mourinho

All the great managers learn. They evolve and adapt. Failure doesn’t give them blind, reckless motivation to win; it teaches them, directs them, and makes them better. When Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May, it was impossible to finger a … Continue reading

Why Many Americans Will Miss Ian Darke’s EPL Commentaries on ESPN

Posted on by Abe Asher
ian-darke

Landon Donovan’s stoppage time goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup was fateful in many, many ways. One of the most tangible consequences? It kickstarted the Ian Darke phenomenon. In 2010, Darke was one of UK’s lead soccer and … Continue reading

Report Card for Premier League Managers, 2012-2013 Season

Posted on by Abe Asher
report-card

Now that the 2012-13 Premier League season is over, it’s time to grade the performances this season by the Premier League managers. Like a regular school report card, if a manager receives a grade worse than a C-, then that … Continue reading

If Ever A 34-Year-Old Deserved a One-Year Contract Extension, Frank Lampard Is It

Posted on by Abe Asher
frank-lampard

On Wednesday, Chelsea won the Europa League Final, beating Benfica in the Amsterdam Arena for a second European crown in two years. In itself, that feat is outstanding, and the final was thrilling, but when you consider that Chelsea had … Continue reading

With David Moyes In Charge, Manchester United Are Carrying On In Sir Alex Ferguson’s Image

Posted on by Abe Asher
alex-ferguson

I’d like to be one of many, many people to thank Sir Alex Ferguson today. When I first started following the Premier League five years ago, it was Ferguson more than any other man who hooked me. The man was … Continue reading

FA Cup Final Gives Roberto Martinez A Chance to Shine For Everton And Other Suitors

Posted on by Abe Asher
roberto-martinez

On Saturday, Wigan will contest their first ever FA Cup Final at Wembley. The game will provide a pleasant distraction from the club’s increasingly dire fight against relegation – a fight which Wigan has won the last three years by … Continue reading

When Mourinho Returns to Chelsea, So Will The Power Struggle

Posted on by Abe Asher
Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

Jose Mourinho was easing into the philosophical, waxing about “being where people love him” until he was rudely cut off by ITV’s unfortunate interviewer. Mourinho is not often cut off in press conferences – especially when it’s the English media … Continue reading

Why Carlo Ancelotti Would Be a Perfect Replacement for Roberto Mancini As Manchester City Manager

Posted on by Abe Asher
carlo-ancelotti

Roberto Mancini has had a fantastic run at Manchester City, which isn’t surprising because Roberto Mancini is an accomplished manager. Four league titles in just under a decade of management at the top of European football will attest to that. … Continue reading