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New York Red Bulls boss Petke: Every coach wishes they had roster of Tim Cahills

New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke is full of praise for the impact of Everton legend Tim Cahill on the club's locker room.

Petke says the Aussie's character and professionalism is now a huge influence on the entire club.

"Invaluable,'' Petke tells the New York Post. "A player like Tim is invaluable and a player like Thierry Henry is invaluable. You can debate for whatever reasons. But talking about Tim Cahill, he's a guy cut from my cloth. To give him respect, perhaps I'm a guy cut from his cloth.

"The guy's played through severe injuries, limped around the field. He's a guy I could go to him tomorrow and say, 'I think you'd be a good left back.' He'd smile and say, 'Let's talk tactics.' If I came to him tomorrow and said I think, 'you'd be good as a goalkeeper,' he'd smile and get out the goalkeeping gloves.

"He's a guy if I see a young guy who needs either a kick in the ass or needs a hug around the shoulder, he's three steps ahead of me. He has the pulse of the locker room.''

Petke added: "If you had a roster full of Tim Cahills, it's easy coaching.''

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