The Two Sides of Tim Cahill

The Australian international is having problems with RBNY, despite support from his country's team
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

This season has been a bit troubling as a whole for Red Bull New York, but not as troubling as the situation that involves Australian International Tim Cahill.

Besides an injury to start the season and going to the World Cup to represent his country, Cahill has been the front man to talk to the media and show support for his teammates.

But in recent times he hasn’t been his part of the team, as he has been a missing man after games to talk to the media. More times than not, his stall has been empty. And when he’s still in the locker room, Cahill is already dressed and ready to go. He will waive goodbye and wish us a good evening with a smile on his face that we have never seen the last year and a half he has been in MLS.

Recently he had a verbal blow up at the Red Bulls training facility in Hanover, screaming at the top of his lungs that he’s there to train and there might be another issue that RBNY coach Mike Petke is having with him. But the truth is that we don’t know what’s going on. It’s possible he feels upset and angry that he has lost his starting position with the starting XI — because Mike Petke changed the formation from a flat 4-4-2 to a 4-2-3-1 with Bradley Wright-Phillips as the lone striker and Henry in the midfield providing service, which means Cahill might have to come off the bench.

Yes he’s only scored 2 goals this season and it looked like his play has dropped off significantly, but if he needs to assume his place is in jeopardy then he needs to train a bit harder. Some have hinted that there is a rift between Cahill and Petke because he is playing for Australia this weekend instead of against Toronto. Petke said they are proud of Tim playing for his country in 2 friendly games where to some are meaningless, but he feels it’s important. But the tackle he gave to Oscar Boniek Garcia against Houston made sure he won’t be available as he was sent off.

But the fans somehow are assuming Tim Cahill is the new Rafa Marquez, which is completely false. When Marquez made his tackle on Earthquakes midfield Shea Salina a few years back, he never cared that Salinas collarbone was broken or to see if he is OK, Cahill walked back to see if the man he tackled was alright and showed remorse. Marquez never showed remorse and he felt this league was beneath his ego.

Cahill has said he wants to make a difference in MLS, where Marquez in an interview said it was a mistake for him to come to the USA. While I do understand that Tim Cahill still wants to make a difference with the club, he has gone about it the wrong way and he should have a chat with Petke and Andy Roxburgh when he returns from the friendly games to patch things up and make a push in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

NEXT UP: October 11 — Red Bull New York vs. Toronto FC, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey. 7 p.m. EST, MLS Live, UDN, MSG.


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Red Bull NY
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Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.