Abe Asher, Portland Mercury

Abe Asher

Portland Mercury

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Abe:

Fred Meyer and QFC Workers Begin Week-Long Strike

With just more than a week to go until Christmas, workers at Fred Meyer and QFC locations across the Portland metro area hit the picket line this morning to begin a week-long unfair labor practice strike. “We’re on strike!" shouted workers at cars pulling into the NE Glisan Fred Meyer parking lot Friday morning, while other vehicles honked in support as they passed. At the SE 82nd and Johnson… → Read More

Portland Nabisco Workers Enter Second Week of Strike

Workers at a Nabisco factory in Northeast Portland are in the second week of a strike that has spread across the country in what one local union member has described as a fight to “save middle class American jobs.” The strike, led by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union Local 364 (BCTGM), comes as the union is at a standstill in contract negotiations… → Read More

Slowly But Surely, Portland Sports are Reopening to Fans

As the weather gets warmer and more and more people receive COVID-19 vaccinations, live sports are, slowly but surely, returning as an entertainment option. In March, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced that it would allow fans to attend outdoor sporting events at varying capacity levels based on a county’s COVID-19 risk level—and now, Multnomah County seems to be on its way to achieving… → Read More

Following Election Setbacks, Portland Progressives Plot Path Forward

There was plenty to cheer Portland progressives on election night: City voters passed measures for universal preschool and authorized the establishment of a new police oversight board, while voters across the state decriminalized possession of small amounts of narcotics and authorized the use of therapeutic psilocybin. But in other races, in a city in which activists have been putting their… → Read More

Waiting for the Timbers to Return Home

The Portland Timbers will play their first competitive soccer game in more than four months tonight, when they face the LA Galaxy in an empty stadium in Orlando. Perhaps you'll watch. Perhaps you're eager to see familiar faces, to take in a soccer game and to escape, if only temporarily, from the monotony of life under quarantine in a country unwilling to contain or even corral the virus… → Read More

Timbers Shut Out Again in Scoreless Draw With Minnesota

With just two weeks remaining in the MLS season and the club's postseason aspirations hanging in the balance, the Portland Timbers cannot find a goal. They were shut out at home by DC United last weekend, losing 1-0. They were shut out again at home on Wednesday night, losing 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls. And on Sunday afternoon, with Minnesota United in town for a critical Western Conference… → Read More

Late Magic Carries Timbers Over Sporting Kansas City

No team has played the Timbers harder or more consistently over the years at Providence Park than has Sporting Kansas City — and even in the midst of their worst season in nearly a decade, it looked on Saturday night like Kansas City was about to frustrate the Timbers again. Through more than 80 minutes on a drizzly, the visitors were in a familiar position. They were ahead in the game 1-0,… → Read More

Timbers Double Down on Support for Iron Front Ban

On Monday morning, barely more than 12 hours after their loss to Atlanta United, the Portland Timbers front office released a longwinded, wide-ranging statement on "the Iron Front symbol, politics at stadiums and human rights." In it, the Timbers doubled down on a position that has drawn an increasing amount ire over the last several weeks: that Major League Soccer's ban on the antifascist Iron… → Read More

Timbers Break Club Record Transfer Fee to Sign Forward Brian Fernández

After a months-long odyssey, the Portland Timbers have finally landed a marquee forward: 24-year-old Argentinian Brian Fernandez, leading goalscorer for Liga MX's Necaxa, for what is reported to be a record-breaking transfer fee. To accommodate Fernandez, who will be the club's third and final Designated Player, the Timbers announced Monday morning that they have bought down the salary charge of… → Read More

Timbers v. Dallas Match Preview

After an alarmingly slow start to the season, the Portland Timbers hit crisis point last week in San Jose — losing 3-0 to a previously-winless Earthquakes team that entered the game with the worst goal difference in the league. It was an alarming performance, and it leaves the Timbers, who will only hit the halfway point of their season-opening road trip after this Saturday's game against FC… → Read More

Timbers Thrashed, Chara Sent Off in Ugly Afternoon at LAFC

After playing their first game of the 2019 MLS season in a whiteout snowstorm last weekend in Colorado, the Portland Timbers' second match of the year, Sunday afternoon in the heart of Los Angeles, offered them a chance to begin the campaign for real. It wasn't pretty. In what might have been a heavyweight clash with second-year side LAFC, the Timbers were outplayed from start to finish — losing… → Read More

Meet Your 2019 Portland Timbers

Though their ninth MLS season starts just six days from now in Commerce City against a remade Colorado Rapids side, the Portland Timbers won't take the field at Providence Park for almost three more months. In the meantime, over the course of a twelve game road-trip, they're going to have to stay afloat. With their three best players all past the age of 30, this is a season that the Timbers must… → Read More

Five Thoughts on the Portland Timbers' 2019 MLS Schedule

Less than a month after the end of the 2018 season, MLS released its 2019 schedule. Here are five thoughts on how the Timbers' slate shapes up. → Read More

Caleb Porter Named Head Coach of the Columbus Crew

He's back. Away from the game for a year after leaving the Portland Timbers in November of 2017, Caleb Porter is returning to MLS as the new head coach of the Columbus Crew — the team his Timbers beat to win MLS Cup in 2015. The 43-year-old Porter, whose appointment was announced Friday morning alongside that of new club president Tim Bezbatchenko, returns to the state where he made his coaching… → Read More

Timbers Fall One Step Short as Atlanta Wins MLS Cup 2-0

When the Portland Timbers won MLS Cup in 2015, you could feel it coming for weeks. They were the best team in two countries. It was clear. This year, the Timbers were never that. They finished in fifth place in the Western Conference in the regular season, in eighth place overall, and then proceeded to go on one of the most thrilling, unafraid playoff runs in recent MLS history: going on the… → Read More

Timbers v. Atlanta United MLS Cup Preview

For the second time in four years, the Portland Timbers are 90 minutes away from a championship. That first MLS Cup appearance couldn't have gone much better. In 2015, the Timbers went to Columbus, led for more than 89 minutes after Diego Valeri's opening goal, and won their first league title ever. This might be a tougher task. Atlanta United has taken MLS by storm after debuting just last… → Read More

Timbers Knock Off Kansas City, Head to MLS Cup Again

The Portland Timbers were scoreless in more than 320 straight minutes of play against Sporting Kansas City this season and trailing them 1-0 in the second half of the second leg of the Western Conference Championship on Thursday night, in need of a goal to save their season, when the impossible happened. Sebastian Blanco picked a harmless pass on the left wing, some 25 yards from goal, stepped… → Read More

Timbers v. Sporting Kansas City Playoff Match Preview

After playing to a tense 0-0 stalemate in leg one of the Western Conference Championship on Sunday night, the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City will meet for leg two tonight at what promises to be a frigid Children's Mercy Park. The Timbers will advance to MLS Cup with a win or score draw. For Kansas City, only a win will do. The stakes could hardly be higher (6:30 p.m., TV on ESPN).... → Read More

Timbers Rest Starters, Drop Regular Season Finale in Vancouver

On a day full of extraordinary drama around Major League Soccer, the Portland Timbers ended their regular season in contrastingly mundane fashion — resting their starters, dropping a sleepy 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place, and gearing up for a Halloween night Wild Card game. Heading into Sunday afternoon, with all eleven games being played simultaneously, the Timbers needed a… → Read More

Timbers Roar Past Real Salt Lake, Clinch Postseason Berth

The Portland Timbers are heading back to the MLS Cup Playoffs, and, thanks to back-to-back wallopings of Real Salt Lake, they're heading there with some real momentum. Two weeks ago, the Timbers walked into the Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah and smacked Salt Lake 4-1. The return fixture, played on a brilliant Sunday fall afternoon at Providence Park, played out much the same way. The Timbers took an… → Read More