2. Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill may be 35 years old, but it hasn’t stopped him from being one of Australia’s most important and influential players on the pitch to date.
The box to box midfielder is showing no signs of slowing down as his 2014 season draws to a close. Cahill’s third season with New York Red Bulls saw him appear for the club on 29 occasions (same as 2013).
New York finished fourth in the Eastern Conference qualifying them for the playoffs. Cahill was lucky enough to play in the semifinal against New England Revolution after striker Bradley Wright-Phillips was sent off in the previous game. Cahill managed to bag an important equalizer for the Red Bulls although it wasn’t enough for his team to progress through on aggregate.
The Australians future with New York is now under question after the club decided to leave him out of the protected players list for the 2014 MLS expansion draft.
Many fans are predicting him to see out his career with an A-League club whilst other “Toffee” fans from Cahill’s beloved English Premier League side Everton are hoping for a return.
Tim Cahill has been a hero on every level for the Socceroos this year. Coach Ange Postecoglou’s World Cup campaign was in jeopardy after a number of injuries to his key stars saw them ruled out of the tournament.
Although their backs were against the wall, Tim Cahill was there to head the Aussies back into the game against Chile. He also came up with the goods again scoring an incredible volley to put the Socceroos up against the Netherlands in Curitiba. The goal has been argued to be one of the greatest a World Cup has ever seen.
Tim Cahill has announced his international retirement for the 2018 World Cup although he will be appearing for the Socceroos in 2015 for the Asian Cup hosted in Australia. After a stellar year in 2014, there is no doubt that Super Timmy Cahill is deserving of our 2nd spot in our TURF20.
Words by Ari Charilaou