Yes, we've good reason to believe Tim Cahill isn't coming back to Harrison in 2015; truthfully, all this morning's report that he's got an eye on Abu Dhabi's Al Wahda FC did was clue us in to where he might be going instead. But the seemingly outbound Australian is still a Red Bull for the moment, which means whatever he does in Asian Cup will be recorded by history as the work of a RBNY player.
Asian Cup has been motoring along nicely since we last checked in. The Iran vs. Iraq quarterfinal was a classic: 3-3, decided on penalties (watch highlights here); and United Arab Emirates vs. Japan also went to spot kicks.
Cahill's Socceroos and surprise semifinalist UAE will duke it out in the second semifinal on January 27. Neither side has ever won Asian Cup, though UAE made the final in 1996 (as host nation) and Australia was in the 2011 final (lost to Japan).
Home advantage makes the Socceroos favorites, but UAE has one of the stars of the tournament in its ranks: Omar Abdulrahman, a 23-year-old playmaker who has been highly rated for some time (he wins individual awards with impressive regularity) and might just have become too big for his domestic league (he plays for Abu Dhabi's Al Ain club) after his performances in this tournament.
His Panenka penalty against Japan in the semifinal shootout was a testament both to his skill and his confidence.
Australian defender Trent Sainsbury has suggested Abdulrahman's confidence will be his undoing in the upcoming match, and the young star of Asian football is expected to be given close attention by the Socceroos.
At the other end of the pitch, Tim Cahill will doubtless get similar treatment from a UAE squad almost entirely drawn from the league the Australian star is tipped to join after this tournament.
Asian Cup 2015 - January 27 - Australia vs. United Arab Emirates
Start Time: 4:00 am (Eastern)
TV: One World Sports (USA)
Repeats: 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, 6:30 pm
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