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February 24, 2013
Cahill after loss: 'Next week is where it really counts'

Tim Cahill: "It's OK for me because it's only pre-season. Next week is where it really counts."
Tim Cahill: "It's OK for me because it's only pre-season. Next week is where it really counts."
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TUCSON, Ariz -- The Red Bulls might have finished the Tucson Desert Diamond Cup without a win, but midfielder Tim Cahill says he isn't worried.

"It's OK for me because it's only pre-season," he said after the Red Bulls suffered a 2-0 defeat to the New England Revolution in the third-place match on Saturday. "Next week is where it really counts."

Next Sunday the Red Bulls will open their 18th Major League Soccer season at the Portland Timbers.

Cahill was he was encouraged by the fact the Red Bulls produced many scoring opportunities.

"Overall the game we dominated after two silly mistakes," he said. "We pressed well, we created so many chances. We played some great football. We're creating -- that's the most positive thing. We're playing attacking football. We're playing the way we're going to play next week. Tackling, a a good intense game.

"You always want to win games, but we have a lot of new players gelling. In the end, I still think we were the better team."

But the scoreboard said otherwise.

"It's about the result today," Cahill said. "They have a good team, a good manager. For us it was good fitness. A lot of us got 90 minutes under our belt. I was just pleased to get through the game unscathed."
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