Tim Cahill has claimed it was the ambition shown by New York Red Bulls that drew him to sign for the Major League Soccer side.
Cahill has left Everton after eight years with the Toffees to link up with Thierry Henry in New York.
The 32-year-old Australia international joins the Red Bulls at a time when they are top of the Eastern Conference and hoping to secure their first ever title.
"I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls," Cahill told the club's 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."
Cahill walks away from Goodison Park after playing 278 times under David Moyes and admits he is also sad to be leaving Everton.
"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."
His new employers are delighted to have him in the ranks and are open about their immediate intention to win the MLS Cup.
"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."
The MLS Cup is contested after a series of play-off games among the top 10 teams from the league format of the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.