Australian international Tim Cahill said Friday that the ambition shown by New York Red Bulls convinced him to sign for the Major League Soccer side.
Cahill left Everton for the MLS, with the move subject to international clearance, and with the Red Bulls currently top of the Eastern Conference the 32-year-old is determined 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 told the official website.
"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."
The club are also counting on Cahill, who played on Australia's last two World Cup teams, to make a difference.
"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, who had two years left on his Everton contract, joined the Toffees from Millwall in 2004, scoring 68 goals in 278 appearances.
"I also want to thank everyone at Everton, from the club to 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."