Tim Cahill called up for Australian friendly vs. Japan

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill hasn’t had the strongest season on the club level, but on the international stage, he has enjoyed arguably the greatest year of his career.

Now, he will get a chance to cap that run off with one final friendly.

Australian boss Ange Postecoglou has named the Socceroos mainstay as part of a largely experimental roster set to take on Japan during November’s FIFA international break.

Australia will meet their Asian rivals on November 18th at Osaka. It is the Socceroos’ final friendly before hosting the 2015 Asian Cup this January.  Like last month, Postecoglou is bringing a young and experimental roster to Japan, sprinkled with team veterans like Cahill, Mile Jedinak and Robbie Kruse.

That will do little to effect Cahill’s contributions at the club level.  MLS is honoring the FIFA calendar this month.  If the Red Bulls advance against DC United this weekend, the next round of MLS action will not take place until the 23rd of the month, giving Cahill plenty of time to meet his duties for both club and country.

Currently, Cahill has found himself in a battle for minutes with fellow veteran striker-turned-midfielder Peguy Luyindula.  While earning the nod over the Frenchman in the Wild Card play-in match against Sporting KC, he was benched for the start of the DC United Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Here is the full Australian roster:

Squad: Terry Antonis, Aziz Behich, Mark Bresciano, Joshua Brillante, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Chris Herd, James Holland, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Mitch Nichols, Aaron Mooy, Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, James Troisi, Alex Wilkinson.