HARRISON, NJ (May 9, 2014) – New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill (Australia) and defender Roy Miller (Costa Rica) have been named to the preliminary rosters for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil by their respective national teams. Both players will be available for selection for New York’s game against the Chicago Fire on Saturday, May 10 at 7:00 PM ET at Red Bull Arena before being released to their national teams.
Australia will play in Group B with Spain, the Netherlands, and Chile while Costa Rica will play in Group D with Uruguay, England, and Italy in Brazil this summer.
Cahill, one of 30 players named to Australia’s preliminary roster, has played a major role in helping the Australian National Team qualify for the 2014 World Cup. On the international level, Cahill has earned 67 caps for his country while scoring 31 goals. On March 5, Cahill broke Australia’s all-time scoring record, when he scored two goals in a 4-3 loss to Ecuador. Cahill played in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup competitions and was the first player ever to score in the tournament for his country in 2006.
Last season in his first full year in MLS, Cahill led all New York players with 11 goals and helped the Red Bulls win the 2013 Supporters’ Shield. The 2013 MLS All-Star also added five assists in his 27 appearances, all of which were starts. At the end of the season, Cahill was voted to Major League Soccer’s Best XI as a midfielder and named the Red Bulls’ team MVP. Cahill has made six appearances this season for New York.
Miller is the longest tenured Red Bull, having been with the club since 2010. This season, Miller made his 100th MLS appearance with New York in a 1-1 tie against Chivas USA on March 30 and has recorded two assists in 10 games played. Since coming to MLS to play for New York, the Costa Rican has recorded 106 appearances, 96 of which were starts, and 14 assists. Miller has earned 47 caps for Costa Rica, scoring one international goal.