Ex-Socceroo Cahill looks to US, coaching career
Tim Cahill (Getty)
Sydney - Australia's all-time leading goal-scorer Tim Cahill
said on Friday he intends to continue playing at club level and is also
interested in a coaching career following his retirement from international
Cahill, who scored 50 times in 107 appearances for Australia
- including five times at the Soccer World Cup - announced his retirement
earlier this week, ending a storied playing career with the Socceroos.
Cahill, 38, said he intended to live with his family in the
United States, heightening speculation that he might seek to play in the Major
League Soccer (MLS).
"International retirement is done, but as for domestic,
there could be an opportunity but it is still something I have time to
decide," Cahill told a media conference in Sydney.
He ruled out returning to Australia's A-League, where he
last played with Melbourne City.
"My A-League experience was fantastic... I felt like I
had a successful time here. But to live in America and to try and play in the
A-League I feel like would be impossible," he said.
Cahill spent three seasons with the New York Red Bulls from
2012-15 and played largely off the substitutes' bench last season during spells
with City and English Championship side Millwall.
Cahill said he would be open to a collaboration with
governing body Football Federation Australia, serving as an
"ambassador" to the A-League and beginning a potential career in
"Looking to the future, I'm interested in coaching. I'm
going to spend some time here in Australia and meet with some partners,"
"I'll fly to UK and start my UEFA B (coaching) licence
and then I'll open the door for offers to play football."
Cahill added that he was not bitter over playing only a
minor role at his final World Cup in Russia, where the Socceroos were winless.
He said while he had done everything possible to be ready
for the tournament, there was no bad blood towards Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk
and team management.
"I think for me, when you're 38 years old and you've
already been at three World Cups... one thing I've learned is especially when
you play for your country, is that you're there for your country," Cahill
"I knew I'd get my time. That's what I was preparing
for in the 44 days leading up to it."
Cahill said he got his chance to play, against Peru.
"Frustration is a word that's used because people would
have liked to see me play more but for me, it was an honour to be part of a
fourth World Cup campaign," he added.