New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill chose the Major League Soccer over a return to his native Australia not only because of his desire to experience living in New York, but also because he is fully convinced about the league’s quality.
The MLS has been praised by many for its rapidly increasing standards and the growing list of big names it is attracting but others have dubbed it a retirement venue for veteran stars to end their careers.
Cahill, 32, has rubbished the latter perception, insisting that his decision to join the Red Bulls was based on his confidence that he can continue playing football at a high level in North America.
“It is basically I want to still play at a high level. There is still a World Cup for me to play in and qualify for the Australian team. I didn’t speak to any A-level clubs and it was never in my plans,” Cahill was quoted ahead of this evening’s friendly against Tottenham Hotspur.
He added: “It was nice to know that people here care that much. It’s nice to know that people worked hard to get me here.
“In that respect, waiting for the visa wasn’t that bad. It was crazy. I had about six flights here and there, not knowing where I was going. But I’m here now, ready to go. It’s a glamorous city and a great place to be.”
The Red Bulls sit top of the Eastern Conference with 38 points in 22 matches and the arrival of Cahill is poised to further boost their prospects.