August 3, 2012
THE FULL 90
Expecting to play 60 minutes, Cahill goes entire match
HOUSTON -- The game plan was for Tim Cahill to play perhaps an hour in his Major League Soccer debut for the Red Bulls on Friday.
|Tim Cahill: "It just wasnít our night tonight."
Instead, the Australian international went the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.
ďThat wasnít the plan," Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said. "When we were doing these subs, we were thinking of doing 60 minutes and then taking him out. He is a hard worker with a phenomenal attitude and spirit. It was the only choice but he didnít pick up any injuries, so thatís good.Ē
Cahill just plugged away.
"I think a few boys come off injured, the team changed a few times," he said. "Iíve got to get as much fitness out of them. I definitely felt it; it was tough. It was a different sort of heat and everything. I donít like to make excuses. I just play football and they are good team. They had some nice stuff. They disoriented the team a little bit and we struggled and conceded two goals.Ē
Cahill had his best chance to score in the 64th minute when he headed a Thierry Henry corner kick just past the right post, but the Red Bulls struggled to get good scoring opportunities.
ďThat was tough," he said. "They were putting a lot of balls into the box, set plays, and even open play; it just wasnít our night tonight.
"I think a few boys come off injured, the team changed a few times.
The heat and humidity did not effect Cahill.
ďIíve played throughout the season in Qatar and places like Australia," he said. "I think that this was still quite a good tempo, especially in this heat. Itís different.
"I trained once with this team and then play the whole 90 minutes; itís pretty full on. I think that this is what is going to be expected with MLS. I keep trying to prepare myself to go again because there are a few injuries and as youíve seen tonight, I think lads went off and there were already three subs made.Ē