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.
Analyzing The MLS Playoff Race In Detail
Analyzing The MLS Playoff Race In Detail

There’s about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer. MLS doesn’t have […]

USMNT Player Ratings In 1-0 Against The Czech Republic
USMNT Player Ratings In 1-0 Against The Czech Republic

The first friendly after a World Cup is usually a particularly mind-numbing affair, but there were certainly positives for the United States to take out of another win on European soil at the Czech Republic, and one big sound-bite from Jurgen Klinsmann on his 2018 expectations. Here are the player […]

Toronto FC Must Work Hard To Rid Themselves Of Their Obscure Identity
Toronto FC Must Work Hard To Rid Themselves Of Their Obscure Identity

The well-worn life adage “the bigger they are, the harder they fall,” is almost always an on-the-money assessment of spectacular collapses. In Toronto, the football club that many credit with starting MLS supporter culture when they joined the league in 2007 is famous for their staggering incompetence. In a league […]

Landon Donovan Leaves Behind a Legacy as a Pioneer In US Soccer
Landon Donovan Leaves Behind a Legacy as a Pioneer In US Soccer

If we’re being honest with ourselves, we knew that Landon Donovan’s retirement was a long time coming. With Landon Donovan, there have always been very few secrets. His candidness, his realness, his humanness is legendary among American soccer circles. After his sabbatical at the beginning of last year, how long […]

5 Thoughts On The 2014 MLS All-Star Game
5 Thoughts On The 2014 MLS All-Star Game

After the MLS All-Star Game Wednesday night in Portland, some misconceptions have been exposed. Keeping in mind that this was just a friendly where the result mattered little and playing to win wasn’t at the very fore of the conversation and thinking surrounding the game, here are my 5 thoughts regarding […]

Spurs Leading Chase to Sign DeAndre Yedlin From Seattle Sounders, Says Report
Spurs Leading Chase to Sign DeAndre Yedlin From Seattle Sounders, Says Report

Since his long, mouth-watering cameo against Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16, the star-spangled feature of DeAndre Yedlin has been the most-talked about American transfer story of the summer. Yedlin has been linked with top clubs in Italy, France, and now England, as ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman has […]

ESPN to Debut Innovative Cameras Inside Goal Posts at MLS All-Star Game
ESPN to Debut Innovative Cameras Inside Goal Posts at MLS All-Star Game

MLS’ big night is here: The 2014 All-Star game from Providence Park in Portland, which will see the league’s best, made up of a quasi-US national team core, take on European superpower Bayern Munich. ESPN2, which will broadcast the All-Star game and has just signed a new deal with MLS […]

Portland is Ready to Celebrate the MLS All-Star Game In Soccer City USA
Portland is Ready to Celebrate the MLS All-Star Game In Soccer City USA

People like Portland. You see that when you go out of town, and tell people where you’re from. More often than not, you’ll see faces light up. “Oh, I love Portland!” Or, “I’ve heard Portland is amazing, I’ve always wanted to go.” People like Portland. People who live in Portland, and […]

USA World Cup Star Graham Zusi Talks to World Soccer Talk
USA World Cup Star Graham Zusi Talks to World Soccer Talk

While in Florida promoting and helping with Gatorade’s Unreal Around the World contest, a program that provides select winners for a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the globe to experience trips in either Italy, England, Spain, Argentina, or Brazil with clubs like Liverpool, Barcelona and Boca Juniors, Graham Zusi took time to […]

Best of 2014 World Cup In Brazil: Games, Goals, Underdogs and More
Best of 2014 World Cup In Brazil: Games, Goals, Underdogs and More

The people who don’t steadfastly admit that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been the best ever edition of the great tournament will at least grant this: It’s the best World Cup in “recent memory.” Or, in other words, this may not be the best World Cup ever but […]

Guide To Major League Soccer Teams, Players, Fans and History
Guide To Major League Soccer Teams, Players, Fans and History

For sports fans who became enthralled by the World Cup coverage from Brazil, here’s a guide to Major League Soccer, the top flight league in the United States. Major League Soccer has two conferences, Eastern and Western with five teams from each conference making the playoffs. There’s one wild card […]

Player Ratings For Germany 1-0 Argentina in 2014 World Cup Final
Player Ratings For Germany 1-0 Argentina in 2014 World Cup Final

Germany won the World Cup late in extra time with a wonderful goal from Mario Gotze to deny Argentina. Here are the player ratings for both teams from the final. Germany   Manuel Neuer, 8: Neuer didn’t have too much to do, but he played with an air of confidence […]

Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final: Key Player Matchups
Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final: Key Player Matchups

Will Argentina complete a remarkable and slightly inexplicable run to the title, or will Germany finally realize their unlimited potential? Here are the key matchups to watch. Ezequiel Garay v. Miroslav Klose Klose has done it. He has set the all-time World Cup goal-scoring record, and gotten back to the […]

Why It’s Too Soon to Count Brazil Out of the World Cup
Why It’s Too Soon to Count Brazil Out of the World Cup

In the past 48 hours, I’ve lost count the number of conversations I’ve had with people or have overheard others talking about how Brazil won’t be able to defeat Germany due to the loss of Neymar and Thiago Silva. In Brazil, meanwhile, the conversations have changed from “Neymar will win […]

USA Player Ratings For World Cup Game Against Belgium
USA Player Ratings For World Cup Game Against Belgium

The US exited the 2014 FIFA World Cup with their heads held high after a 2-1 extra time loss to Belgium. Here are the player ratings. Tim Howard, 10: He covered himself in all kinds of glory with one of the greatest goalkeeping performances in recent memory. DeMarcus Beasley, 8: […]