Cahill’s Exit Shows His True Colors

Australian International leaves with one year left on contract
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Tuesday, February 03, 2015

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

Just as the 2015 Asian Cup tournament came to end with Australia winning their first title in the confederation, questions came on whether Tim Cahill would remain with the Red Bulls and MLS or not.

Well, on Monday afternoon, the club and Cahill officially agreed to part ways before the final year of his contract.

In the 2012 summer transfer window it was a big surprise that Tim Cahill left Everton of the Barclays Premier League for MLS and joined up with both Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper to become that dynamic attacking midfielder. The rumors that were swirling with Kaka coming over never happened and Cahill showed he was ready to take the challenge.

In 2013, he had a massive season scoring many game-tying goals or game-winning goals as he believed in Mike Petke’s system. He was clutch every single time he had the ball at his feet. Of course he scored the fastest goal in MLS history on the road at Houston in BBVA Compass Stadium within 5 seconds after the first half kickoff. That was the magical year the Red Bulls won their first silverware in the Supporters’ Shield, which led to a CONCACAF Champions League berth.

But something changed in 2014. Something wasn’t right after home games at Red Bull Arena as Cahill’s locker was empty. And when he was there, he was already dressed and waving goodbye to the media. This was a guy during the 2012 playoffs pulling the media away from a distraught Kenny Cooper when he had to retake a converted penalty years back.

This is a guy who talked about how much passion Mike Petke poured into the club and that it was contagious all around during the 2013 season and how happy he was being a part of that Shield winning side.

But while the 2014 season was going on — and yes he was away with Australia during the World Cup in June — it just seemed he was a different person.

Reading reports from members of the New York media, it seems this all stemmed from Red Bulls global director of soccer Gerard Houllier not giving Cahill a new extension at the end of the 2013 season and that’s when it all started to go downhill. That’s when you saw him only score 2 to 3 goals this season, including the 1st half in the 2nd leg of the Eastern Conference Final. It’s such a shame that a very talented man as well as a legend of Everton can turn around and act like a stinker for no reason.

When you have all this talent and the supporters see who you are because you didn’t get your extension, it goes to show you what type of person Tim Cahill has become. It’s a real shame that a fantastic 2013 season was all thrown away because of money. Now reports are out that he is on his way to play in China.

This shows you could add Cahill to the list of players that didn’t pan out for this club, like Lothar Matthaus and Rafa Marquez — two names that RBNY fans look back on in utter disgrace.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
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.
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