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Tim Ream keeps tumbling further off the soccer map

Dec 12, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

The transition from Premier League to the Championship has been a difficult one for Ream. The transition from Premier League to the Championship has been a difficult one for Ream.

Tim Ream, who once seemed destined to assume status among U.S. center backs, keeps dropping further and further from the national team picture.

Earlier today I posted something at PST where Jurgen Klinsmann ticked off a list of center backs “knocking on” Carlos Bocanegra’s door. The names mentioned were Geoff Cameron, Clarence Goodson, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler and Maurice Edu. (Edu wasn’t actually mentioned in the article, but Klinsmann did talk about Edu – that part just hit the editing room floor.)

No mention of Ream, the Bolton man who can’t find a starting role for a club sitting uncomfortably close to the drop zone in England’s second tier.

Not only that, but the former New York Red Bull isn’t even playing along the back line anymore; the man that brought him to Bolton (Owen Coyle) has since been dismissed, and new man Dougie Freedman has Ream kicking the tires on a defensive midfield role.

Still, Ream says he’s not looking to make a move, according to a piece from Alex Labidou, who spoke to Ream by phone this week.

Right now, I’ve been training at defensive mid at Bolton and I think that’s where they see me helping out the club. So it just depends on where I’m getting consistent minutes. You see a guy like Mo [Maurice] Edu, who is a defensive center midfielder, transitioned to sometimes playing a center back role with the national team. So I think it all hinges on me getting games no matter where it’s at.”

Ream may be committed to playing out his contract for the club that paid MLS and New York $2.75 million just a year ago. Still, he doesn’t sound like someone 100 percent in love with the situation, suggesting that not everyone is as desperate as he is to turn things around at the Reebok.

That could get interesting.

  1. joeyt360 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    You know you’re in trouble when your manager is named ‘Dougie.’ They don’t make Premier League managers named ‘Dougie.’

  2. arjanroghanchi - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Tim Ream is a perfect example of how the American Soccer media can really fail the fan base. People were all over Soler/Backe about this kid (and Juan Agudelo).

    Looks like a fantastic sale at this point doesn’t it?

    If you go back and look at his last season in a Red Bull shirt…it was mediocre to bad.

  3. kgg6 - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    stop thinking that the grass is greener on the other side. stay in MLS. its the league with the most potential.

  4. charliej11 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM


    He probably did get more money.

    But in terms of playing and developing MLS is a very good league.
    You are able to work through issues without getting benched every time you dip in your play, in a very competitive league….versus bench time in a very umcompetitive league (Top division England )

    • cornet76 - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      And here I was thinking Americans were supposed to not be cowards and have guts and confidence in themselves and take a risk once in a while.

      Instead you all act like Ream is finished because he did not play it safe..

      Maybe. But it is also possible, that with all the competition and adversity, he is a better player now and just needs a bit of luck, having gone through a bad spell.

      Ream is a center back so he has a few years yet.

  5. metroplexfrog - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Ream just isn’t that good and he’s not playing over there.

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