February 17, 2014
SOME UNRETIRING THOUGHTS
If it wasn't for Red Bulls, MLS, Cahill would have retired internationally and not play in World Cup
By Michael Lewis
|Tim Cahill: "If I stayed in the Premier League, I would have had to retire from international football."
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HARRISON, N.J. -- If it wasn't for the Red Bulls and Major League Soccer, Red Bulls forward Tim Cahill says that he wouldn't be playing for Australia in the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Cahill moved from Everton in the English Premier League to the Red Bulls during the summer of 2012.
"If I stayed in the Premier League, I would have had to retire from international football simple, simple," he said, "because of the demands of flying from England back to Australia, playing 40 games, plus internationally and whether I was doing myself justice from my club side and my international team.
"Last year for me was just a complete season for the Red Bulls. but at the same time, a World Cup campaign where we qualified for our third consecutive campaign. So, our plan worked. It could have backfired or whatever."
Cahill and Australia will be playing in their third consecutive World Cup.
Cahill said that he faces four World Cup warm-up matches before Brazil, including a March 5 home meeting against Ecuador. Two weeks ago he discussed it with Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke and sporting director Andy Roxburgh.
He told them, "I need to play in this pre-season, how many minutes, the Ecuador game, if I play, if I get selected, the game on the eighth [in] Vancouver and the game afterwards. I have to play as soon as possible. So playing against Philly against the college team all comes into account.
"It has not been easy coming here because physically it’s very demanding because every player is exceptionally fit."
Cahill will miss a minimum of three Red Bulls games – a home match vs. Portland on May 24, at Sporting Kansas City on May 27 and at New England on June 8. Depending on when Cahill is called into camp, he also could miss the May 17 encounter at Toronto FC.