BRIAN SCIARETTA - Saturday, May 3, 2014
It hasn't always been a smooth ride for Tim Ream since he left MLS to join Bolton in 2012 but the St. Louis native is finally realizing his potential.
Ream, 26, was named Bolton's player of the year this week for his steady play where flourished at multiple positions.
"It's a really cool feeling to be recognized again by the club's supporters," Ream told Bolton's official site. "As I said before, it's nice and humbling knowing that people think you've done a good job, but at the end of the day it's about the squad. Personally, the past two years have definitely been a real eye opener. When I was involved last season I was a little unnerved purely by how different the style was to the other leagues I've played in.
"There are so many demands in this league and to begin with I probably wasn't prepared for that, but it definitely gave me motivation coming into this season," he added. "I feel settled off the field, and that's also a big factor whether people believe it or not. I feel happy and am working in a structure and program that really helps us, as players."
On Saturday, Ream went a full 90 in a 2-2 draw in Bolton's season finale against Birmingham City. The American will now await Jurgen Klinsmann's decision as to whether or not he will be included on the preliminary 30-man World Cup roster.