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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.

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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USA v Algeria: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup

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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USA v Algeria: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup

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

As ESPN’s Lead Commentator For World Cup 2014, Ian Darke is the People’s Choice

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To most fans of US soccer, Ian Darke wasn’t a familiar name when he was  hired in 2010 to commentate for ESPN at the World Cup in South Africa. After a debacle in 2006 with ESPN’s embarrassing commentator Dave O’Brien, … Continue reading

World Cup Draw Is Doomsday Scenario For The United States

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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