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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.

World Cup Draw Is Doomsday Scenario For The United States

Posted on by Abe Asher
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Walking out of the 2006 World Cup Draw in Germany, Bruce Arena knew that the United States’ tournament was over before it even started. Despite boasting a strong side that would climb into the top ten of the FIFA World … Continue reading

Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake, 2nd Leg Preview: One Step Away From the MLS Cup

Posted on by Abe Asher
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Tonight features the second leg of Western Conference Championship between Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake. For viewers in the United States, the live broadcast begins at 9pm ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. What It Means For Portland, 2-1-0 … Continue reading

World Cup Playoffs Guide: Previews Plus Where to Find The Games On US TV & Internet

Posted on by Abe Asher
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By Wednesday, there will be no more ifs ands or buts. The field for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be set in stone. Twenty-one teams have booked their places in Brazil. In the coming days, the last eleven spots … Continue reading

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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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