July 30, 2012
RARIN' TO GO
Newest Red Bulls designated player Cahill wants to play as soon as possible
HARRISON, N.J. -- Tim Cahill, the newest Red Bull, is ready to jump right in. But before he can play for the Major League Soccer club, he needs his U.S. visa.
|Tim Cahill: "Iím from Australia, so we donít do things in half measures."
Photo courtesy of the Red Bulls
The Australian international midfielder, who joined Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez as the team's third designated player on Monday, is willing to to be patient -- for a short while.
"Iíll be honest, Iíve got the greatest job in the world so to sit and wait for a visa isnít that bad," he said during a press conference at Red Bull Arena.
But Cahill, who played the last eight years at Everton in the English Premier League, is ready to go.
"Iím from Australia, so we donít do things in half measures," he said. "We just do what weíre told. For me, this has been crazy since Iíve been here. Iíve been on four, five or six flights here and there, fitting training sessions in, sleeping in the afternoon. This is our job, this is something we love doing. I know playing tomorrow night [the Red Bulls game vs. Tottenham] might be a bit quick, but Iím here now, Iím feeling fit, Iím feeling good. It might be a bit stupid, or whatever, but thatís what we do. . . . Iím just going to grab the bull by the horns and run with it."
As a 32-year-old, Cahill felt if he waited a couple of more years, it might have been too late.
"You canít think twice when opportunities like this come," he said. "I suppose the waiting list for this club must be pretty big with coveted players from all around the world. We spoke long and hard. But the main thing I look for as a footballer is firstly the football, the professionalism and my family. And those three things checked every single box. For me being 32 years old, I think itís respectful that I come here at a good age and give everything and not leave it until the later years. I want to be part of the revolution, and be part of the aspirations of young kids in America. And thatís been my whole thesis in life, to do well and to work hard.
The transfer happened pretty quickly.
"With opportunities in football, you canít stutter," Cahill said. "It was pretty quick. And the main thing with me was thinking about the football side of it, the professionalism, the league, and secondly whatís most important to me, my family. It all seemed to fit. I had a meeting with the gaffer and the chairman and itís one of those things when the manager and the chairman give you your blessings, and Iím not willing to go to another Premier League club, it fit perfect.
"There was still two years left on my contract, so part of me was mixed emotions. But itís done and Iím so happy now and I can't wait to get started."
He added: "I kept it quiet amongst the lads out of respect for the football club. When I went into the medical room and told the lads their jaws dropped because I donít think theyíd ever see the day of Tim Cahill leaving Everton."
Cahill spoke to former Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, who started his pro career with the MetroStars, about MLS on a regular basis.
"I spoke about the MLS every year," he said. "Iíve traveled here for the last six to eight years with Everton. Landon Donovan came on loan twice, Tim Howard is a great friend. Weíve had Marcus Hahnemann and Edson Buddle train there. MLS is such an enticing league for professional players. I watch a lot of games, I spend a lot of time watching football around the world, and the thing is this is a very physical league. People seem to forget. The other night the MLS All Star Game was a perfect example of how technical the football is starting to be and how under-credited this league and the players are. I know I need to be in top form and top fitness.
Cahill said he is in good shape, having worked out with Athletes' Performance when he was on vacation Los Angeles.
"Everybody knows what David Moyes is like as a manager and what he expects from his players, to be in peak fitness," he said. "I think I just need game time. Even in all the madness of being here, doing visas and medicals and those sorts of things, weíve been under strict instructions from the manager, with the conditioning coaches, trying twice a day or once, or even in Montreal when I was stuck there to try and find a training pitch and train in the gym. For me itís natural, I think as a professional playing at the highest level you have to keep yourself in good fitness and after that comes the game time, and thatís something Iím going to get in good time. So Iím feeling good."
He also is feeling good about playing with Henry.
"Heís done everything," Cahill said. "Heís been there, done it, and won it. For me as a player, I want to help the team, I want to help on and off the park to be a leader and hopefully do something special with this football club and with the boss."