Tim Ream

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Tim Ream
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Personal information
Full name Timothy Michael Ream[1]
Date of birth (1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Youth career
2003–2005 St. Louis Scott Gallagher
2006–2009 Saint Louis Billikens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Chicago Fire Premier 19 (0)
2010–2011 New York Red Bulls 58 (1)
2012–2015 Bolton Wanderers 114 (0)
2015– Fulham 18 (0)
National team
2010– United States 20 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 2, 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 17, 2015

Timothy Michael "Tim" Ream (born October 5, 1987) is an American soccer player who plays for Fulham in the Championship and for the United States national team. Traditionally a central defender, he is equally adept at left-back.


Youth and college[edit]

Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, Ream was a 2005 NSCAA All-Midwest Region selection with his high school, St. Dominic, and after finishing his career with 15 goals and a school-record 39 assists, was tabbed All-State, All-Conference and Class 2 Defensive Player of the Year in both 2004 and 2005, was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro selection and garnered Archdiocesan Athletic Association Player of the Year honors following senior season. He helped lead St. Dominic to the 2004 Missouri Class 2 state title. Played for Scott Gallagher U.S. Club national champs in 2003 and 2004.

Ream attended Saint Louis University where he was a regular figure as a defender for the Saint Louis Billikens, earning such individual honors as NSCAA first-team All-Region and second-team All-Conference honors.

During his college years Ream also played for Chicago Fire Premier in the USL Premier Development League.[2]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

"He has a future. I probably shouldn't say too much, but Ream has a chance to be a national team player. He's a center back who is comfortable and calm in possession of the ball. He plays a good passing game, he's an excellent passer. A European-type center back who, I think, reminds me of Rio Ferdinand in the Premier League. Ream is strong tactically and never stressed, and of course he's good in the air. He has a top-class attitude and spirit."

-Red Bulls coach Hans Backe speaking about Tim Ream, March 17, 2010 [3]

Ream was drafted in the second round (18th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls.[4] Ream's play during pre-season surprised some observers, including new coach Hans Backe who was pleased with his distribution and tactical awareness.

On March 20, 2010, Ream started and played the full 90 minutes for Red Bulls in a 3–1 victory against Santos FC, which was the first match played at the new Red Bull Arena.[5] Ream made his professional debut on March 27, 2010, playing the full 90 in New York's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against Chicago Fire that ended in a 1–0 victory for New York.[6] On September 11, 2010 Ream scored his first professional goal (and MLS goal) against the Colorado Rapids in a 3–1 win for New York Red Bulls. Ream ended his first professional season starting all 30 matches for New York and helped New York capture its second regular season Eastern Conference title.[7]

Upon the conclusion of the 2010 season, Ream was one of three listed candidates for MLS Rookie of the Year. During Ream's second season in New York, he played and started in 28 of 34 matches during the regular season, he missed 6 matches largely due to international call-ups during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

In December 2011, during the MLS off season, Ream spent a short time training with both West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers with permission from the Red Bulls in order to maintain his fitness during the winter break.[8] At the beginning of January 2012, Bolton made a transfer offer of £2.5m for Ream to replace Gary Cahill who moved to Chelsea.[9] The bid was accepted and after personal terms were agreed he received a work permit on January 24.[10]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Bolton completed the signing of Ream on January 26, 2012 on a three-and-a-half year deal.[11] Ream cancelled his honeymoon so that he could sign for Bolton. He was given the number 32 shirt and made his debut for the club in Bolton's 2–0 FA Cup win at Millwall on February 18. He made his Premier League debut the following weekend in Bolton's 3–0 defeat at Chelsea. For the start of the 2012–13 season, Ream was given the number 5 shirt, previously worn by Gary Cahill.

In early February 2014, Ream was forced to wear a protective mask in Wanderers games after a collision with Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin. At the end of that season, Ream was voted the fans player of the year.[12] On July 6, 2014, Ream signed a new three-year contract with Bolton that lasts until the summer of 2017.[13] For the second season in a row, Ream was named as Bolton's player of the year.[14]


In August 2015, Ream was sold to Fulham, signing a 4-year deal with the club. [15]


On November 11, 2010, Ream was called up to the United States men's national soccer team for the first time as part of an 18-man roster for a match against South Africa on November 17 in Cape Town.[16] Ream made his international debut against South Africa on November 17, 2010. He started the match and played until the 67th minute before being replaced by Nat Borchers. The US won 1–0 with the lone goal coming from fellow Red Bull teammate Juan Agudelo. On January 22, 2011, Ream earned his second international cap against Chile in a 1–1 draw. Ream played all 90 minutes at center back.

Ream played more minutes for the national team than anyone else during the early months of 2011 in the lead up to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[citation needed] Ream started in their first game of the Gold Cup, a 2-0 win over Canada. Ream also started the second match against Panama, which the U.S. lost 2–1 for their first ever loss in Gold Cup group play.[citation needed] In the 34th minute, Ream committed a foul on Blas Pérez resulting in a penalty kick for Panama. The penalty was converted by Gabriel Gómez and became the match-winner. In the next match, against Guadeloupe, Ream was replaced by Eric Lichaj and did not play in the final four matches of the 2011 Gold Cup.

After a two-year absence, Ream was again called into the U.S. national team in 2014.

He also was called up for the 2015 Gold Cup where he played all 90 minutes against the Haiti national football team and helped preserve a 1-0 clean sheet.

Career statistics[edit]

As of August 13, 2015. Sources:
  • Major League Soccer, MLS Cup[17]
  • U.S. Open Cup:[18]
All-time club performance
Club Season United States Major League Soccer U.S. Open Cup MLS Cup CONCACAF Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
New York Red Bulls
2010 30 1 1 0 2 0 - - 33 1
2011 28 0 1 0 3 0 - - 32 0
Club Total 58 1 2 0 5 0 - - 65 1
Club Season England Premier League & Championship FA Cup League Cup UEFA Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Bolton Wanderers
2011–12 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2012–13 15 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
2013–14 42 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 45 0
2014–15 44 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 49 0
Club Total 114 0 7 0 4 0 - - 125 0


As of November 17, 2015. [19]

U.S. national team appearances

Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 6 0
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 4 0
2015 9 0
Total 20 0




  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). The Football Association. February 2, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bell, Jack (March 17, 2010). "Red Bulls Coach Likes One Young Defender in Particular". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ 2010 MLS SuperDraft Archived January 17, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "THE STARTING XI Salou, Kandji partner up top". Bigapplesoccer.com. March 20, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gamecast: New York Red Bulls v Chicago - Major League Soccer - ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. March 27, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived October 23, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "West Brom and Bolton warned off Tim Ream | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. December 15, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ Trotters move for American (January 6, 2012). "Bolton launch Ream bid | Latest Football Transfer News". Sky Sports. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Holden welcomes arrival of fellow USA international. "Ream 'granted work permit' | Bolton Wanderers News, Fixtures, Results, Transfers". Sky Sports. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ Trotters land defender on a three-and-a-half-year deal. "Ream completes Bolton move | Bolton Wanderers News, Fixtures, Results, Transfers". Sky Sports. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Tim Ream wins club's Player of the Year award". bwfc.co.uk. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sky Bet Championship: Bolton defender Tim Ream signs contract extension". skysports.com. July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.bwfc.co.uk/news/article/tim-ream-named-as-bolton-wanderers-201415-player-of-the-season-2432956.aspx
  15. ^ http://www.espnfc.us/story/2569827/american-tim-ream-agrees-four-year-deal-with-fulham--sources
  16. ^ "Bradley Names 18-Man Roster to Face South Africa on Nov. 17 in Cape Town". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Tim Ream". MLS Soccer. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  18. ^ "United States – T. Ream". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved January 26, 2012.  Figures under Career: Domestic cups tab.
  19. ^ http://us.soccerway.com/players/tim-ream/124014/

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