Curtis plans to speak to Cahill over Red Bulls future

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ERIC GIACOMETTI
Staff Writer

The retirement of New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry has quickly ushered in a new era for New York as the four-year “experiment” has come to a close. With the Sporting Director position now vacated following Andy Roxburgh’s departure, Ali Curtis has been chosen to spearhead the team’s future — and settle the ongoing situation with Australian international and remaining designated player Tim Cahill.

Cahill, 35, stands to take the reigns as the club’s most globally recognizable player.  An instrumental cog in the 2013 side that claimed the Supporters’ Shield, Cahill ‘s hot-and-cold 2014 saw a noticeable dip in form at the club level while enjoying great success with his national side. Reports of a falling out with head coach Mike Petke and his displeasure at being resigned to a role off the bench has lead to speculation surrounding his future in New York, an issue only exacerbated, by his recent comments.

“For me, it’s easy. I have loads of options but if I want to stay, I will stay,” he said.  “I only join a club with a vision,” he continued. “And if the vision is fulfilled, then I’ll fulfill it. If it’s not, then I will fulfill it somewhere else.

“It’s a great club, great setup, great people and we are on great terms,” Cahill said. “But at the end of the day for me, it is more about my family and what’s good for international football.”

While he failed to divulge a wealth of information in his first meeting with the media, Curtis touched on the Cahill situation and his intentions moving forward.

“He is under contract with MLS,” Curtis began. “His experience, domestic and international experience, he can be an asset on the field and as well in the locker room.”

Whether or not Cahill ultimately stays with the Red Bulls has yet to be determined, but Curtis has stated that a meeting with Cahill is in the cards.

“I need the time to sit down with Tim and get an understanding of who he is, what his vision is and how we are going to move forward and I just haven’t had the time to sit down with him yet but I will shortly.”