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Everton's Cahill headed to Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls' big summer acquisition appears to be Everton attacker Tim Cahill.

Everton announced the transfer of the Australian international to the MLS club on their website Monday, a move that bolsters the Red Bulls' attack even more after the recent acquisition of Sebastien Le Toux.  

According to a report by the BBC, the teams agreed on a transfer fee of £1 million. Everton says that the 32-year-old Cahill will be traveling to the United States in the next few days, and the deal will be completed pending Cahill passing a physical and agreeing to a contract. Cahill will presumably occupy the club's third DP spot along with Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez, though the Red Bulls have yet confirm the signing. The club issued a statement Monday evening, saying:

"We are aware of Everton’s statement regarding midfielder Tim Cahill and our club. However, we have no comment at this time regarding him or any other non-New York player."

Cahill is coming off a subpar season in which he only scored three goals in 41 games across all competitions, but he was in the 10-goal range for the four seasons prior to 2011-12. He is known for his aerial ability and can play either up top or in the hole behind the front line. Cahill is a regular for the Australian national team, and he scored against the United States in their pre-World Cup friendly in South Africa in June, 2010.

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What do you think of this development? Do you like the signing? Do you think this pushes the Red Bulls over the top in the Eastern Conference? Wondering how all the attacking pieces will work together for New York?

Share your thoughts below.

145 comments
  • Old School

    You’re right…we don’t have promotion or relegation.

    However, we also had a growing soccer league many years ago called: NASL.

    China is NASL 2.0

    Let’s review the state of the game in both countries 10 years from now.

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  • Eugene

    I think this is a premature announcement that doesn’t make much sense. Why would NY spend DP money on this player? I’m not sure that he really brings what we need on the pitch, but I’m pretty confident he doesn’t bring the marketing boost that we need off the pitch. Does anyone in NY know of Tim Cahill? I doubt many do.

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  • TomG

    Seems like a good fit with NYRB needing an attacking mid. He’s also the type of high work rate and competitive drive guy that excels in MLS. He’s not a particularly creative string pulling CAM type but that’s not really what they need. They need a work rate guy to get the ball, facilitate the offense and get it to the goal scorers.

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  • Andy.

    Old School,

    when we had NASL soccer wasn’t popular in this country. It is now.

    what does China have in common with the old NASL?

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  • solles

    If he helps the Red Bulls become consistent winners, he’ll be helping put butts in seats.

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  • Ben

    Haha, he would be one of the players I’d find even more impossible to root for than Marquez.

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  • john

    Excuses. “Tough to have grass”? Big deal. Just put in the damn grass. I believe the Seahawks once played on grass despite being in Seattle with all that rain, and the world didn’t end then.

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  • solles

    Still think Richards is a better right winger than LeToux but you gotta make sacrifices even if youre the red bulls …:)

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  • solles

    no, for Everton this was about making room for Pineaar (sp) and had zero to do with Donovan.

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  • solles

    ohhhh I very much doubt that, MLS honchos are still afraid of the NASL model where a few teams were allowed to spend the entire league into oblivion. The cap will go up (and needs to go up) but it will be slow and steady,

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  • mase NJRB

    Who cares already? Getting so old with this attendance crap. 25000 against DC and 21000 against Philthy, some fans dont show up but that happens everywhere, have u watched Dynamo games lately? No way did they have 22,000 last week, is everyone over their sh*t?…drop it already!! Concerns should be towards other MLS teams…COYRB!!

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  • supergrandefilms

    Completely agree. Happy to see this move. He’s a strong competitor. This will make NYRB a much stronger team.

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  • JRP

    I think you are right to a point. But it finally paid off for LA last season. It took four seasons of insane salaries but they finally pulled it off. It will take four years of Henry at NY to pull it off as well. But you can buy the cup. It isn’t as sure a thing as the NBA or MLB but it is pretty darn close. The Yankees don’t win every year either. Just every other.

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  • JRP

    It is a legit point. The DP rule is so messed up. It stops teams from filling their roster will solid $500,000 players but allows them to have three players who make unlimited sums of cash. For instance..the whole of SJ starting 11 makes less than Landon Donovan. But the salary cap would not allow the starting 11 to all make Wondo’s salary which would still be less than Becks and Donovan combined. This is not good for the league. It only sales panties and jerseys. It doesn’t build the league. It should be thrown out.

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  • Jerry R

    MLS is the PROBABLY the only league where teams win that “dont buy the cup”
    Almost every other well known league has the HAVE’S & the HAVE-NOTS.
    big spending teams win titles in soccer. Unless you are referring to RSL or Colorado or some other meaningless MLS team from a smaller market that no one but the die-hard fans from their city care about.

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  • Syd

    Everton was useless last year. It’s about time Cahill got out of there.

    He is a fantastic player.

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  • Greg

    The Rafa-haters are ridiculous. He is going to work well with Cahill.

    Pearce and Conde in Central D.

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  • Huber

    Agreed…more left in the tank than a Del Piero or Ronaldinho..I don’t think Kaka has the physicality to be as good in the States.

    Nice move

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  • THomas

    So your favorite team lost your favorite player and it’s the best day ever?

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  • THomas

    No. It does build the league, slowly. Once it’s built, then it will be slowly phased out, not thrown out.

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  • JayMah

    MLS is the only league that doesn’t crown the team with the best record the champions but the one who is left standing after the “PLAYOFFS”

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  • Use common sense dude

    You would love to stay in the past, your side is sh*t and you play in a cesspool.

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  • Use common sense dude

    If New York supporters who follow former players that started with the club then they know Tim Cahill. Timmy Howard’s former teammate for years, class player, hardworker, great in the air with a high soccer IQ. It makes perfect sense, do you know who Tim Cahill is?

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  • Taylor

    wow, some people on the internet are stupid. did you watch the EPL last year? yea, Everton started slow as always, but they finished 7th which ordinarily would qualify for Europa League.say what you will, but with absence of money and the smallest squad in the PL that’s pretty impressive. look at their points return from the top 6 teams, it’s better than most.

    Everton finished one spot above Liverpool which is somehow still a “big English club.” whenever there’s a mention of Dempsey to Liverpool on this site everyone acts like this is such a great move. if Everton is crap, how is this so?

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  • bryan

    obviously a great signing. i’m wondering if they are holding out because they still have plans to sign someone like Del Piero and want to structure someone’s contract like DeRo. in the sense they will have 4 players with DP money, but only 3 DPs.

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