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Hans Backe, Brad Friedel talk up new Red Bull Tim Cahill

New York Red Bulls Practice Session With Tottenham Hotspur

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 30: Tim Cahill and head coach Hans Backe walk out to the pitch prior to a press conference to announce the New York Red Bulls have signed Cahill as a designated player at Red Bull Arena on July 30, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

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Since we’re talking about the Red Bulls and Tim Cahill, here’s what a couple of interested parties had to say about the former Everton man’s debut last night in an MLS kit:

First up is Red Bulls manager Hans Backe, who chose to position his newest Designated Player in front of two holding midfielders, Teemu Taino and Dax McCarthy.

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Cahill was impressive, even in the team’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham. The Aussie international drew the penalty kick that led to New York’s only goal.

Said Backe afterward of Cahill’s impressive night:

I’ve seen Tim so many, many years in the Premiership and I’m not surprised. It’s a huge, huge signing for us. Just picking up that penalty, the way he organized the midfield defending wise, the shape [in the] first half, phenomenal. … He will be a major, major impact for us when he gets fits, gets games, competitive minutes,” Backe added. “He will just improve all the time.”

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel had nice things to say about his former Premiership partner. Friedel sat out Tuesday’s contest, but noted Cahill’s potential impact, especially as the Australian international can be effective in several positions.

On top of that, he’s a really nice person so he’s going to fit in with all of the players. He’ll be one of those guys who will be able to help the American players. He’s a really good guy.”