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.

Transfer rumor roundup: PL duo eyeing Asensio and more

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The ongoing World Cup hasn’t halted the transfer talk across global soccer, and on Wednesday there are a number of potentially intriguing storylines.


Two Premier League sides are chasing Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio, including Chelsea and Manchester United, while they will have to battle Paris Saint-Germain as well.

Although Asensio is prepared to stay in Spain next season, he wants to be assured of playing time under new manager Julen Lopetegui, who recently joined the club.

The 22-year-old scored 11 goals in all competitions last season for Los Blancos.


Juventus continues to have several players at the center of transfer rumors, and Miralem Pjanic is a name that keeps popping up.

The midfielder won’t come cheap though, with Juve reportedly set to ask for $92.6 million in the event that a club wants to acquire Pjanic.

Barcelona is rumored to be seeking a move for Pjanic with Andres Iniesta now heading to Vissel Kobe in the J-League.


New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly looking to bring several of his former Napoli players to Stamford Bridge, including Belgium star Dries Mertens.

The Blues are seeking more attacking options ahead of the fall, and the veteran Mertens has become a proven commodity in front of goal over the course of his Serie A career.

Uruguay reaches Round of 16 courtesy of Suarez

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The first two nations have advanced to the knockout phase out of Group A.

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Uruguay reached the Round of 16 on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia, who has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup.

Hosts Russia will also reach the knockout rounds with the Uruguay win, thus eliminating Egypt as well.

The Barcelona striker gave Uruguay the lead in the 23rd minute, after a poor read from Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais.

Suarez was given a wide-open finish at the far post off the corner kick for his first goal at the World Cup. The 31-year-old had scored a combined five goals during his last two World Cup appearances (2010 & 2014).

The Uruguyans dictated the tempo throughout much of the match, but Saudi Arabia’s back line held strong for the majority of the game.

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Uruguay will close out group play against Group A leaders and hosts Russia on June 25, while Saudi Arabia and Egypt will tango that same day.

Video: Goalkeeping error grants Suarez, Uruguay gift

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Luis Suarez was clearly upset with his lack of finishing in Uruguay’s opener last Friday, but the Barcelona man is finally on the scoresheet at the 2018 World Cup.

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The veteran striker gave Uruguay the lead in the 23rd minute after a close-range finish off of a corner kick.

Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais came out to try and collect the cross, however, he was slow in his reaction, allowing the ball to slip through to Suarez for the easy finish.

The Uruguayans will reach the Round of 16 with one match remaining if they hold on to their 1-0 lead.

NZ women’s coach placed on leave after player complaints

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Wellington, New Zealand (AP) The coach of New Zealand’s women’s football team has been placed on leave pending an investigation of complaints about his conduct from members of the national team.

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The complaints centered around tactics Andreas Heraf used in a recent home international against Japan and his comments to media after that match. Players reportedly objected to the defensive nature of Heraf’s tactics in the 3-1 loss.

New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin said at a news conference on Wednesday that his organization had received a letter from the New Zealand Professional Footballers Association, containing letters of complaint from 13 national team members.

Defending his approach at a news conference after the match, Heraf said the New Zealand players would never have the “quality” to compete with a team of Japan’s ability and might have lost 8-0 if they had not adopted a defensive style.

Further reports have emerged of player concerns about Heraf’s behavior, including allegations of bullying.

Martin was repeatedly questioned at the news conference about when New Zealand Football first had notice of the players’ concerns about Heraf. He insisted he was not aware of any problems until the letter from the NZPFA containing the players’ complaints was released on Monday.

In a statement, New Zealand Football Chairman Deryck Shaw said player welfare was “of utmost importance.”

“We hold player welfare as a matter of utmost importance and that is why we are conducting a thorough, independent review. We want to ensure we better understand these issues in an objective review. There is no place for inappropriate behavior of any kind with New Zealand Football.”