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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bolton Wanderers sign USA Defender Tim Ream - OFFICIAL

Tim Ream leaves the MLS after two successful seasons
Bolton Wanderers confirmed this morning that they have secured the defensive services of United States National Team and former New York Redbulls defender Tim Ream for three-and-a-half years.
Ream was runner up for Rookie of the Year when he made his debut in the MLS in 2010 and for the past two seasons he has proven to be one of the few players from the United States who have what it takes to play in the top league. Despite only being 24, Tim has the patience of an experienced center-back and shows poise and composure on the ball. Bolton manager Owen Coyle told the official team website today that he and Bolton "are absolutely delighted to secure Tim's services" Tim practiced with the team last year but it wasn't until after Christmas that the negotiations began.

Tim and his new gaffer Owen Coyle
 After enjoying starting nearly every match for the New York Redbulls in the 2011 campaign, it became clear that Ream had the potential to move on to the top league after he was approached by the likes of Arsenal and West Brom. Without a doubt, this save against LA Galaxy got him noticed by those who were not already aware of his potential as well as strong performances for the USNT and for the Redbulls in Emirates Cup and in the regular season over the summer.
Ream will be joining fellow USNT player and MLS product, Stuart Holden. Holden is in agreement with me, as he told that Tim is "a very composed player who is good on the ball." He says that Tim's style is suited for the Premier League. Although Holden and Ream have yet to play together, they have faced each other in the MLS and the countrymen seem to have a good understanding of each other.Tim has made seven appearances for the US National Team and made his full debut in a start against South Africa in November 2010. He had been targeted by other Premier League clubs since his first season as a starter in the MLS, but Bolton were the first to get his signature. The deal was made official after his paperwork came through on the 23rd but neither Red Bulls or Bolton released official statements until this morning (9:30 England time, 1:30 Pacific)
"Being able to play against Paris St. Germain and Arsenal in the Emirates Cup, and then to actually win was exciting... Now to play those matches week in week out will make me a better player all-round. Competing in the top league in the world can only help a player." Tim told in his first official interview this morning, "The team is in a good run of form right now and I'm just looking to contribute in any way that I can." As highlighted in Tim's Talent Scout profile, he is a strong, reliable and intelligent player who will only get better with time. Until the end of the season, Tim will be wearing the number 32.

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