The 32-year-old Australian joined Everton in 2004 for £1.5m from Millwall after impressing in the London side’s run to the FA Cup final that year.
An attacking midfielder, Cahill made his international debut in 2004 and has played for Australia at the last two World Cups in Germany and South Africa.
The Red Bulls have been searching for an attacking midfielder who can score for over a year now, after being earlier linked with Michael Ballack and Stephen Ireland. In Cahill they get an experienced player who will give them goals from midfield and a little bit of bite on the pitch.
The only thing that surprises me about the deal is that Cahill came to America to play and not back to the A-League in Australia.
New York star Thierry Henry sounded excited talking about adding Cahill to the Red Bulls line-up saying:
“Talking about Tim Cahill, he’s going to be great,” Henry said ahead of the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday. “We’re going to have to wait for him to go through the medical. He’s going to be a great asset for us and also for the league.
“If you saw the guy play the way he plays, I love the commitment and I always loved his commitment,” he added. “He’s great in the box, his headers are unbelievable. He fights back to the net and his football IQ is great also. Hopefully that can be a plus for us.”
Landon Donovan is also in Philadelphia ahead of the MLS All-Star game and he was also asked about Cahill, who he played with during his two loan stints at Everton.
“There are a lot of plusses to playing here, and now when the league has made the sort of financial commitments they have made to players it sweetens the pot even more,” Donovan said. “I didn’t speak to Tim about this particularly. I would have preferred to have him in LA but it’s a great opportunity for him and fingers crossed everything works out for him. He always spoke very fondly of our league.”