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VIDEO: Tim Cahill scores stunning long-range goal

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He’s still got it.

Former Everton and New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill is now plying his trade in his homeland of Australia.

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The veteran attacking midfielder, 36, is on the books of Melbourne City, part of the City Football Group, and on his A-League debut in the Melbourne derby he smashed in a goal for the ages.

Spotting the goalkeeper off his line, Cahill hammered home from over 40 yards out. Stunning.

Watch the video below to see the sensational goal.

Cahill has scored some superb strikes in World Cups, the Premier League and MLS, but this one has to be right up there.

Cahill’s homecoming fuels fan fervor in A-League

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SYDNEY (AP) Organizers hope the homecoming of local hero Tim Cahill will fuel enthusiasm for Australian football’s A-League which opens its 12th season on Friday.

Cahill has joined Melbourne City after playing overseas for the past 20 years – at Millwall, Everton, New York and for the past four years in China – while remaining one of Australian football’s favorite sons.

He is the highest-profile player associated this season with a league which has lacked star power since Italy’s Alessandro del Piero turned out for Sydney FC between 2012 and 2014.

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While the television audience for the league has grown by almost 50 percent since 2011, it is not yet as popular as other domestic football competitions including the Australian rules Australian Football League and the National Rugby League.

The A-League has in its favor a broadcasting agreement which allows matches to be shown on subscription and free-to-air formats. But viewership last season slipped on the previous year, even though recent surveys show soccer has overtaken swimming as the most popular sporting activity among Australian children.

The television rights deals enjoyed by the AFL and the NRL are vastly bigger than the $40 million agreement which covers the A-League this season.

But Cahill’s presence in the league this season and the closeness and unpredictability of the 10-team competition may swell TV and live audience numbers and ultimately lead to a significantly bigger broadcasting rights deal. Melbourne City received financial support from Football Federation Australia to swing a deal with Cahill, and the FFA also sought to help other clubs attract marquee signings.

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While the clubs haven’t managed to attract foreign players of Del Piero’s stature, they have managed to draw several Australian internationals back to the league, including Brett Holman at Brisbane, James Troisi with the Melbourne Victory and James Holland at Adelaide.

That seems an important turning point for the league as leading Australian players have often pursued their careers offshore.

Cahill said the return of players formerly based overseas to the A-League is a compliment to the caliber of the competition.

“To be finally home as international Australian players is good for us, good for our families and great for the game,” he said. “You’re talking about good quality players, national team players, who are not choosing something else. They’re looking at the A-League and saying `this is positive for my career.”‘

The league kicks off with a match between Brisbane and the Melbourne Victory and the first round features a derby clash between Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Cahill says his return to Australia “the right decision”

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Veteran Australia striker Tim Cahill says he has been invigorated by signing with Melbourne City in what will be his first appearance in the country’s national league after a globe-trotting career.

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Cahill played at youth level for clubs in the old National Soccer League before joining Millwall in England as an 18-year-old, and after an impressive career there and at Everton, followed by stints in the U.S. and China, he is now back home in the A-League.

Cahill told reporters Monday he had no doubts the time was right to return to Australia, saying “I didn’t know I could feel like this again as a footballer but it’s very special.”

The 36-year-old Cahill, Australia’s all-time leading scorer, has signed a two-year deal with Melbourne City.

Tim Cahill leaves Shanghai Shenhua ahead of Martins’ impending arrival

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Tim Cahill has had his contract terminated by Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua as the impending arrival of Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins in Shanghai appears to have bumped him out.

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Cahill, 36, only signed a new deal with the CSL outfit last November but on Tuesday he announced he will no longer play in China and cited the reason behind his departure was due to not being in the plans of Shenhua’s new coach Gregorio Manzano.

Some reports from Australia claim he will join the Western Sydney Wanderers of the A-League as he returns home for what could be the final chapter in his career, but the former New York Red Bulls forward is likely to also have plenty of interest from Major League Soccer, the Middle East and elsewhere in China as he aims to continue his career.

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Cahill had the following to say via Instagram, as he added that the “new chapter is coming soon” and he will announce more details in the next 48 hours.

“I’m very sorry to announce that I have reached an agreement with Shanghai Shenhua to terminate my contract after being told that I’m not part of the new coach Manzano’s plans for the 2016 season having only just signed a new contract in November,” Cahill said. “This is very sad especially after what I feel I have helped to build in Shanghai Shenhua on and off the park. Just thinking about saying goodbye to my team-mates and especially the amazing fans is heartbreaking. Regardless of whether my contract is being honored and paid out in full, I would much rather have seen it out and finished what we started.”

Despite his age Cahill has continued to produce very decent numbers both in MLS with the Red Bulls — 14 goals in 62 appearances — and in China. The former Everton midfielders appears to have his heart set on representing the Socceroos at the 2018 World Cup in Russia which would be his and Australia’s fourth-straight appearance at the World Cup. He is Australia’s all-time leading scorer with 45 goals in 88 appearances.

The Australian national team veteran scored 12 goals in 32 appearances for Shenhua but with plenty of CSL clubs splashing the cash in the lead up to the start of the 2016 season, Cahill perhaps felt the writing was on the wall.

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Shenhua have signed Colombian international midfielder Fredy Guarin and Senegalese striker Demba Ba already, plus have Colombian forward Giovanni Moreno on the books. In each CSL side you are allowed four overseas players and one player from another country in the Asian Football Confederation. Cahill was taking up an overseas slot at Shenhua with Adam Papadopoulos taking the Asian player spot.

Therefore, if the reports stating that Martins will sign for Shenhua are true then someone had to go. It was Cahill. That said, don’t feel too sorry for him, he was being paid a reported $7.1 million per season but it appears that’s been paid in full for the 2016 CSL campaign.

VIDEO: Mike Grella scores fastest goal in MLS history (7 seconds)

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Count with me here, folks: one… two… three… four… five… six…. seven.

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If you paid proper respect to the ellipses between each above digit, that’s about how long it took New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella to score the opening goal against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday (above video).

C.J. Sapong touched the ball to Cristian Maidana to begin the game; Maidana played the ball backward into his own half; Michael Lahoud wasn’t exactly ready to receive the ball, and it rolled past him; Grella got on his horse, gave chase, picked the ball up 35 yards from the Union goal, took three touches into the penalty area, fired a low, left-footed shot and he had beaten Andre Blake with just seven seconds on the clock.

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Grella’s goal tops Tim Cahill’s 8-second strike for the Red Bulls (in 2013) as the fastest in MLS history.