Corner flags in the English Premier League fluttered sighs of relief and, perhaps, regret with the news that Tim Cahill is off to the MLS.
Corner flags in the English Premier League fluttered sighs of relief and, perhaps, regret this week, with the news that Tim Cahill is packing up his flying fists and knackered knees and hoofing it over to New York.
Cahill, 32, wraps up 14 years in England for two clubs. He scored 52 goals in 217 appearances for Millwall, before moving to Everton and scoring 56 goals in 226 games.
This video does a decent job of demonstrating what made Cahill the kind of player you loved to have in your corner, including his 2007 bicycle kick against Chelsea.
Cahill is off to the New York Bulls for what Everton described as a nominal fee, which at $1.5 million is still far more than The Circus has earned in its lifetime. He joins Thierry Henry in the Big Apple, although the Bulls may want to nominate someone else to show Cahill around.
Henry loves life in New York so much he is already plotting his next move back to England, whether for another loan spell at the Emirates or as a coach: "I would like to go back to England with Arsenal for sure ... coaching does interest me but I don't know what my talent is going to be after I have finished my career. But I will go back to Arsenal."
Cahill will at least get the chance to play against the likes of David Beckham, Germany's Torsten Fring, and Robbie Keane.
On this last front, going by the experience of Spurs defender Jake Livermore in a friendly against LA Galaxy on Tuesday night, caution is advisable.
Sharp-eyed British Open golfing types may have noticed a familiar scowl stalking the greens of Royal Lytham & St Annes last Sunday. Spanish chancer Andres Romano's caddy was Carlos Tevez.
Tevez, as we know, loves his golf. He plays off a handicap of 13 and won a tournament in Argentina while on self-imposed gardening leave from Manchester City last November.
However, according to Royal & Ancient championship committee chairman Jim McArthur, Tevez isn't quite as accomplished at caddying as he is at, say, performing a five-month huff after refusing to come on as a substitute.
"It's absolute madness," McArthur said. "He never put the bag down. That was the strange thing for me, so when he was on the green he was carrying the bag all over the place.
"I suppose he'll learn if he does that for the rest of the season," McArthur added, betraying an unfamiliarity with Tevez's best-known traits.
Tevez admitted inexperience, saying he enjoyed the day but couldn't offer Romano much in the way of advice.
Romano shot his worst round of the tournament, an 82.
The spoken word
"I feel a bit sorry for the three over-23s because we're going to be looking at them and saying, 'That should've been Beckham'." - Paul McCartney makes a rookie's mistake* while criticising Team GB's decision to choose Micah Richards, Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy as their three over-age players for the Olympics.
*Though not his first mistake:
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