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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 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.

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

A Guide to ESPN’s World Cup Commentators, Presenters and Analysts

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In just two days, the World Cup kicks off from the (hopefully) completed Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo with Brazil against Croatia in the opening game. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman will call the match on ESPN. Here introductions to … Continue reading

Pros and Cons of USMNT Playing a Diamond Going Into World Cup Game Against Ghana

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At some point, Jurgen Klinsmann made the decision that the formula that churned out the USA’s best ever year in 2013 wasn’t going to be good enough at the World Cup. When he named his 23-man squad, Klinsmann axed four … Continue reading

Ghana and the USMNT: Two Unlikely Rivals Meet Again in the World Cup

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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 West African nation that has made … Continue reading

5 Things We Learned From the USA 2-0 Azerbaijan Victory

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The USA national team defeated Azerbaijan 2-0 in their first pre-World Cup friendly on Tuesday night at Candlestick Park. Here are five observations from the game: 1. Nothing About This Friendly Was A Good Idea The reasons the US played … Continue reading

No Landon Donovan Will Deal Devastating Blow to USMNT World Cup Hopes

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We’re going to look back and say this is the moment where it all fell apart. No Landon Donovan. Apparently, 156 games, 57 international goals, twelve World Cup games, five World Cup goals, an unassailable position as the best American … Continue reading

World Cup 2010 Head Coaches; Where Are They Now?

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For a manager, the World Cup is often one long heart attack. These men often prepare four years to lead their team into the biggest tournament in sport, and all that’s guaranteed is 270 minutes of soccer and a lack … Continue reading

USMNT World Cup 2014: So Many Questions, Doubts and Concerns About Klinsmann’s Team

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If you follow the United States Men’s National Team closely, ask yourself this question: Are you more or less confident than you were when the World Cup draw was made on December 6, 2013 that the USA will advance from … Continue reading

WATCH The Top 10 World Cup Commercials Of All Time [VIDEO]

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With World Cup commercials, an all-time list of the best 10 isn’t quite all time because of the lack of commercials that are easily accessible prior to 1998. Still, there are plenty of gems to be watched again and again … Continue reading