Cahill: Form dip no cause for panic

After an All-Star 2013 season Tim Cahill and his New York Red Bulls have started the 2014 campaign slowly, but the Socceroo insists there is no need for panic.

Cahill was named in the Major League Soccer Best XI last year after a campaign where he netted 11 goals for the Red Bulls, including the fastest strike in the competition’s history.

The Australian’s sensational form helped New York win the 2013 Supporters’ Shield for finishing top after the regular season.

It also coincided with a rich period for Cahill in green and gold, where he netted vital goals in World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Jordan, as well as the winner in a friendly against Costa Rica in November.

However, the Red Bulls have only managed two points in three games this term, with Cahill’s form below par, although he did hit a double for Australia in the Ecuador friendly earlier this month.

Cahill’s dip in form at club level has arguably been due to a formation change, seeing the Socceroo play alone up front where he’s been ineffective, with Thierry Henry dropping into midfield and Dax McCarty in a deeper role too.

The 34-year-old's slow start to the 2014 season may have Socceroos fans worried only months out from the World Cup but Cahill insisted he and New York would find a way.

“It’s only three games,” Cahill told reporters in New York. “We were in this situation last year after five games but we don’t want to leave it until five games.”

Cahill’s New York take on Chivas USA on Sunday (Monday morning AEST).

“It’s a long season and we’re going to have to start picking up points sooner or later,” Cahill added.

 “The sooner rather than the later is the objective for us.”



What I saw in the Ecuador game is Cahill scored two great goals and got the penalty for the third which he could have scored a hat trick. Also he earned 3 other clear cut penalties which the referee didn't award.
So he could have scored 6 goals in the one game and perhaps been pushing his friend Archie in most goals in an international.
Clearly Cahill plays better and has more motivation playing with a good young team with Oar, Leckie etc rather than slower Emerton and Wilkshere. I also feel we would have seen the best of Cahill and Kewell under the new young team with young fast guys around them than the old team.
Kewell and Cahill could have shown us their best in this 2014 WC, anyway we still have Cahill and he will show us more goals in the new Ange Socceroos than under Holgers Socceroos.
Cahill and Kewell didn't let us down in the last WC despite only being on the field for very short times, unlike Messi and C Ronaldo who played 6 times more minutes but struggled to score.

Lester buddy,
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