THE ambition shown by the New York Red Bulls drew Australian midfielder Tim Cahill to sign for the Major League Soccer side.
Cahill left Everton for the MLS, with the move subject to international clearance, where he will play alongside former Premier League players Thierry Henry and Teemu Tainio. New York are currently top of the Eastern Conference and the 32-year-old is desperate to help his side claim what would be their first title.
"I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls," Cahill said. "As we have seen over the past few years, MLS has developed into a very competitive league with many talented players.
"I am impressed with what the Red Bulls are trying to accomplish in MLS and within American soccer and I am looking forward to this new challenge.
"I will do everything I can to help bring New York its first MLS Cup."
Cahill's excitement is matched by the club, who believe his achievements in the game will make him a real asset. "We are absolutely thrilled to bring in a player of Tim's calibre to the Red Bulls," said New York Red Bulls general manager and sporting director Erik Soler.
"He is the technical, physical presence we have been looking to add in our team and he brings a wealth of experience to our club having played in some of the highest levels of international soccer.
"Tim is a proven leader both on and off the field and we believe that he can help us immediately in our quest to win the MLS Cup this season."
Cahill played 278 times for The Toffees during eight years at Goodison Park. "I also want to thank everyone at Everton, from the club to the tremendous supporters," he added.
"It has been a privilege to be an Everton player for the past eight years and it was a very difficult decision to leave. I will always support Everton and I wish the club the best of luck in the future."