Tim Cahill contemplating EPL loan move?

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If it is good enough for Thierry Henry, David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, then New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill might as well jump on the bandwagon.

Cahill revealed to the Australian media that he may seek a loan move back to England during the MLS offseason, as he prepares for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“My first option would be to go on loan to the Premier League or somewhere in Europe,” Cahill said. “It all depends on the scenario – how my body is, where I’m at and whether I need it. Maybe my body might not need it and maybe it will, so we’ll assess in due course.”

So what do you think of that, RBNY fans? My guess is that you’re probably not too happy about it.

Does Cahill, at the ripe old age of 33, really need more soccer under his belt during his downtime? Perhaps. Like he said, he knows his own body and leading up to the last World Cup the Socceroos legend played a full EPL season and feel great going into South Africa 2010.

(MORE: Cahill’s Australia qualify for 2014 World Cup in Brazil)

But with the extensive travel in MLS and plenty of other factors leading into continuous soccer for 12 months, will Cahill still be able to produce the goods when he returns to MLS from the World Cup? Or will he need to take a five or six week break then?

Either way he really is putting country before club in this scenario, if he does decide to make a loan move abroad.

That being said, which English Premier League team would take Cahill for a loan spell during the MLS offseason? Perhaps a return to Everton could be on the cards, and maybe David Moyes will use Cahill off the bench at Manchester United for a few months. That would be pretty special.

Now were are just flat out speculating and I’m sure Cahill probably has a few clubs lined up already as possible destinations. But if an EPL move doesn’t materialize one way or another, I can’t see him heading to any teams elsewhere in Europe for a short stint.

But the big question for me is, will Cahill be mocked and taunted like Beckham was for joining AC Milan on loan during the 2010 MLS offseason and then extending it? Or will fans of the New York Red Bulls rally around Cahill’s efforts to be in top shape for the World Cup, just as they supported Henry’s return to Arsenal on loan?

Only time will tell as this story unfolds. Expect Cahill to be chatting more about this in the coming weeks as he returns to the USA.

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.

Wenger: Arsenal “complacent, had no ideas” in Ostersunds loss

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Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.

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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:

“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.

“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.

“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”

With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.