Tim Cahill sees bench in scoreless Australia, UAE draw

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

New York Red Bull midfielder Tim Cahill spent the better part of this last week professing his love and commitment to the Australian national team program.

Despite that message, Cahill found himself on the bench for Australia as the Socceroos played UAE to a scoreless, listless draw.

Team boss Ange Postecoglou elected for a youthful frontline against the UAE.  Sydney FC attacker Bernie Ibini received the nod over the celebrated Cahill, enduring 95 degree heat in an unpleasant and humid Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.  Stifling temperatures put the entire encounter at a snails pace, calling for water breaks amidst play.

For his part, Cahill entered the match in the 77th minute as the fourth of five Australian substitutes. While unable to find the back of the net, he did manage to put a scare into UAE keeper Ali Khaseif with a headed chance that went just wide.  He also served teammate Trent Sainsbury with a headed feed that was poorly finished by the defender.

The unusual bench start for Cahill follows his benching last weekend in a 1-0 New York Red Bulls victory over the Houston Dynamo.  Cahill entered the match in the 85th minute but earned a red card just three minutes into his shift.

His next chance to perform for the Socceroos comes Wednesday, October 15th as Australia takes on Qatar at the Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Stadium.

  • Rename that Stadium

    “Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Stadium” can’t they just call it the “Wiz”

  • NYsoccerfan

    Cahill goes all the way to the Middle East to play for 13 mins in a friendly. What a joke.