New York Red Bulls confirm Cahill signing from Everton

The Australia international will join the MLS club as its third Designated Player, having bid farewell to Everton after eight seasons with the English Premier League outfit

New York Red Bulls have confirmed the signing of Australian international Tim Cahill from Premier League side Everton.

The 32-year-old joined the Toffees from Millwall in 2004 for a fee of £1.5 million, having long established himself as a fan favorite at Goodison Park, scoring 56 goals in 226 appearances.

However, last season Cahill's impact appeared to diminish as he contributed just two goals, with rumours subsequently emerging that he was considering a move away from the club.

The Toffees confirmed on Tuesday they had agreed a deal with the MLS side for the player, and the former Millwall midfielder has expressed his excitement about the next chapter in his career.

He told the Red Bulls' official website: "I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with New York Red Bulls. As we have seen over the past few years, MLS has developed into a very competitive league with many talented players."

"I am impressed with what the Red Bulls are trying to accomplish in MLS and within American soccer and I am looking forward to this new challenge. I will do everything I can to help bring New York its first MLS Cup.

"I also want to thank everyone at Everton, from the club to the tremendous supporters. It has been a privilege to be an Everton player for the past eight years and it was a very difficult decision to leave. I will always support Everton and I wish the club the best of look for the future."

Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler revealed his excitement at being able to bring Cahill to the club, where he will join the likes of former Arsenal star Thierry Henry.

"We are absolutely thrilled to bring in a player of Tim’s caliber to the Red Bulls," he said. "He is the technical, physical presence we have been looking to add in our team and he brings a wealth of experience to our club having played in some of the highest levels of international soccer.

"Tim is a proven leader both on and off the field and we believe that he can help us immediately in our quest to win the MLS Cup this season.”   

New York will travel to Stade Saputo to take on the Montreal Impact on July 28. It is unknown whether Cahill will be available for the match.

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