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Red Bulls Notes: No Tim Cahill move yet; Matt Miazga injury not serious; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There have been plenty of rumors swirling about Tim Cahill’s future as a New York Red Bull, including a recent report suggesting a deal to move Cahill was already in place. Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch made it clear on Tuesday Cahill’s future with the team has yet to be resolved.

Cahill has been rumored in recent days to be nearing the completion of a move to United Arab Emirates club Al Wahda FC, but Marsch said via a conference call on Tuesday that is not the case.

“It really hasn’t changed much in the last two weeks,” Marsch said of Cahill’s status with the Red Bulls. “There’s been some dialogue in terms of potentially what the future could look like, but I don’t think there has been a concrete agreement as to what the future will hold. There’s been some good dialogue, Tim’s been nothing but professional, so I think everybody is open-minded and pursuing the best-case scenario for both parts.”

The 35-year-old midfielder is currently representing Australia at the Asian Cup, and has helped lead the Socceroos to the tournament final. A decision on the Designated Player’s future is expected after the tournament, but the Red Bulls could use a resolution as soon as possible in order to better prepare for the upcoming MLS campaign.

“It’s not just the finances. It’s the position and the player and everything,” said Marsch. “If this is the right place for him and he’s committed to be here, then certainly having him here in a way that makes us better would be important. If in the end the relationship doesn’t work out, then we use the ability and flexibility within our roster to go out and bring out what’s next.

“We’re handcuffed just a little bit, but, again, we’ll see what happens and then we’ll move forward.”

Here are some more Red Bulls notes from Tuesday:

MATT MIAZGA INJURY NOT BELIEVED TO BE SERIOUS

The Red Bulls were dealt a bit of bad news on Tuesday, as young centerback Matt Miazga suffered an injury while playing in a friendly for sister club RB Leipzig.

It appears, however, that it is not as serious as first feared.

“I haven’t been able to speak to their coach, but the reports are that he picked up just a little bit of a knock so I don’t think it’s anything serious,” said Marsch.

Miazga suffered the unspecified injury in the first half of an exhibition match for the 2. Bundesliga club, which is preparing to return from its winter break. The 19-year-old defender just joined Leipzig for a training stint following the conclusion of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s successful World Cup qualifying campaign, but many fans and observers were curious as to why given that the Red Bulls had just begun their preseason training in Orlando, Florida.

As it turns out, the decision to have Miazga head to Europe instead of the Sunshine State was predetermined and part of the Red Bull organization’s top soccer brass’ desired synergy between its clubs.

“He’s been on the radar of different people in the Red Bull organization for a number of years now,” said Marsch. “In fact, two-and-a-half years ago, he went to Leipzig and trained with them then when he was about 17 years-old. They’re familiar with him, they like him, they know him a little bit, they watched him and I think they just wanted to kind of give him the experience of being there and seeing a little bit more carefully up close.

“Obviously, with the relationship we have with the teams in Europe, there’s always the opportunity to figure out a way to share resources. Every indication I’ve had is that people in Europe are more committed to try and be a part of what we’re doing in New York more than ever in the past. That includes, for the first time ever, (bringing together) the three coaches of Leipzig, Salzburg and New York (in Qatar last week).”

THREE CENTERBACKS ADDED AS CLUB ROUNDS OUT ROSTER

The Red Bulls’ roster is not where Marsch and sporting director Ali Curtis want it to be before the start of the season, but it is pretty close.

Marsch revealed Tuesday the club had signed a trio of centerbacks in Ronaldo Zubar, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, and the returning Damien Perrinelle. The addition of the three defenders addresses a big area of need for New York, but more moves could come in the next few weeks as the Red Bulls attempt to finalize their squad.

“Once we add (Zubar), we’ll have rounded out our team really well” said Marsch, who added that the club is awaiting the arrival of the veteran’s visa. “The only other potential piece is how to compliment Bradley Wright-Phillips up top or at times he’s not available that we’re confident in how we supplement that role as well.”

While it remains to be seen how the Red Bulls add to their forward corps, the club is still looking at possible reinforcements for other positions. Marsch said Ibrahim Sekagya, Mike Grella, Tim Ward, and Red Bulls Under-18 team player Juan Sebastian Sanchez were all with the club in Orlando.

“We’re trying to really do a good job of starting to put a lot of a foundation for what the future is going to be while also rounding out our roster in a way we feel we can compete right away,” said Marsch.

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Do you want to see Cahill return, or think is he as good as gone and the Red Bulls are just being coy? Still wishing Miazga were in preseason camp with the club? What’s your outlook on the roster as it stands now?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Tim would be great to partner w BWP up top. His leadership would be very valuable in a year of transition. But I get the feeling he’s already gone. Sad,
    really. But par for the course foy NYRB.

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  2. Since Australia was playing UAE, I think there is at least a possibility that the rumor was simply mind games with Australia. I’m surprised why Timmy wasn’t played higher up with BWP either. Loss for the MLS, guy still has skills.

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  3. They fired Petke probably because Ali insisted on bringing in his buddy the back stabber Marsh. As for Cahill I bet ,sadly that ship sailed He knows that this new pathetic regime has at best a 1 year contract. Marsh is trying desparely to spin us around & make it sound like he is going to make that call, when in reality Marsh is irrelevant! Sorry but Cahill is already GONE

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  4. Red Bulls should do everything they can to bring Cahill back and play him every game as a second striker next to (or just set off from) BWP. His issue has never been form or commitment to the team. Cahill’s issue was Petke’s poor decision to use him out of position as a deep mid and then as a bench player.

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    • There have been plenty of issues regarding both Cahill’s form and his commitment to the club.

      Do you not remember when he couldn’t score to save his life for the first 20 or so games he was here? Or just this last summer/fall when he was accepting call-ups to meaningless friendlies with Australia and subsequently missing extremely important RBNY games down the stretch run of the season?

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      • I remember Cahill carried the team on his back in 2013. I then remember Petke marrying himself to a formation that found no room for Cahill’s skills. The irony is that I’ve complained that Cahill needed to be playing in the box because he has one of the more dangerous heads in the world, and now is is scoring all manner of world class goals with his feet.

    • I have to agree with Adam on this one. I think Cahill should be playing upfront with BWP. I think his problem was with Petke, he chose to play for Australia over RBNY because he wasn’t guaranteed starting or even playing time with RBNY.

      Cahill is still a world class player and has a lot to give for the Red Bulls.

      Part of me thinks they got rid of Petke to make Cahill happy.

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      • I don’t know if they got rid of Petke to make Cahill happy, but it couldn’t have made the brass happy that Petke left their multi-million dollar investment on the bench.

    • I’m in total agreement with Adam! Brass should do everything they can to bring Cahill back. If we are going to let him leave our club without a fight we would be even more foolish than we have proven to be this offseason. Cahill and BWP up front would give a great attack. I can’t imagine Cahill leaving for any league other than the A-league (given his commitment to growing the game in Australia). Given our current set of issues, the professionalism and veteran leadership Cahill brings to the locker room is worth his DP salary as is. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he is staying with us, but I’m not holding my breath.

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