Tim Cahill settles into MLS; voted MLS player of week

 Tim Cahill has finally settled into life in Major League Soccer. Photo: Cahill jumps to the ball with Tottenham's Michael Dawson. AP Photo

WASHINGTON,  April 29, 2013 — It’s taken a little while coming, but it now appears former Everton ace Tim Cahill has finally settled into life in Major League Soccer. Cahill, who joined the New York Red Bulls last July from Everton in the Premier League, was voted MLS Player of the Week after scoring twice to help the Red Bulls down Toronto FC 2-1 on the road. He also has two assists to his name this season.

“It was only a matter of time,” said Cahill after the Toronto game. “I have to pick and choose.”

The goals were Cahill’s first of the season for his club after nine games into the campaign. Last year, the Australian international, managed one goal in 12 games for the Red Bulls, though he did arrive in the U.S. tired and with niggling injuries.

In his Everton days, Cahill notched 56 goals in 226 games.

The New York Red Bulls (4-4-2, 14 points) have won back to back games and are now tied for second in the Eastern Conference standings.

Cahill scored his first goal of the season in the 38th minute when he left-footed Roy Miller’s cross. His second goal against Toronto came in the 90th minute when he headed in a cross from French ace Thierry Henry, who leads the Red Bulls in scoring with three goals. Cahill scored many of his goals in England with his head.

“It’s what I’ve been looking for all season,” he told the New York Times. “I suppose it’s just rewards of contributing a lot more, and the goals haven’t gone in. For me, it’s not about the goals, it’s about the consistency of this team. And the discipline. And making sure to fill in the holes by not conceding because we’re going to score goals.”

The 34-year-old Cahill is looking forward to playing for his country at the next World Cup.

The New York Red Bulls are back in action this Saturday against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium (4:00 p.m. ET).

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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