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Tim Ream in the lineup as Bolton wins in league Cup

Aug 6, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

Britain Soccer Premier League

If Tim Ream ever has a chance of finding his way back into the national team, it starts with regular appearances for Bolton.

Ream failed to make Wanderers starting 11 last weekend as Bolton opened the English Championship with a worthy 1-1 draw at Burnley. The former New York Red Bull did, however, get into Dougie Freedman’s team for a 3-1 win at Shrewsbury in a Capital One Cup match on Wednesday.

Bolton is on to the Capital One Cup’s second round; the draw is Thursday afternoon in England.

All of Wednesday’s results in England’s undercard tournament – a distant second to the FA Cup, that is – are here.

  1. tr3y11 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    I don’t think he’s a bad player, and he’s still young enough to improve. If he gets in good form, I think he can make it to Brazil.

  2. mrb415 - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    He’s not a bad player but he’s definitely limited. If he can’t play consistently in England’s 2nd tier then maybe he should look to moving to the Swedish league for playing time.

  3. dfstell - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    I don’t understand why we’re still talking about the guy. We all see the “Americans Abroad” round-ups that come out on Monday morning and half of the time it says, “Tim Ream did not dress for Bolton” or “Tim Ream dressed but did not play for Bolton”.

    It’s sad, but we’re seeing that he’s nothing but a squad-depth CB in a medium league. It isn’t like he was lighting up MLS before his transfer either.

    • Steve Davis - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      I definitely hear what you’re saying. Whether it was a fluke or not, the guy WAS pretty good his first year in MLS. He does have 8 caps, some in premier international matches. So, he was a “name” in the game at one point.

      I do generally agree that just because Joe Trapsalot plays in Europe, that doesn’t make him a great player automatically. That’s a fair criticism of the way US soccer journalists go about their biz.

    • tonyinquakeland - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Ream never played CB until he was a pro, or at best his last year at college. He was a LB before then. Considering how well he played with so little experience, it is silly to write him off. And if they continue to try him at LB, he could just fill an important need for the national team.

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