May 1, 2014
IN PRAISE OF TIM
Petke lauds his former teammate, Ream, Bolton's player of the year
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Mike Petke on Tim Ream: "I don't want to speak out of line [but] there's a chance he might come train with us for a couple days – unofficially."
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HANOVER, N.J. – No one could be happier for Tim Ream than Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke, who was a teammate of Ream in 2010.
On Wednesday, Ream was named by the Bolton Supporters Association as its player of the year, marking a dramatic turn of events for the player.
Ream often was criticized by Bolton fans since his transfer to England in 2012, but this past year saw an improvement in play and positioning and better decision making. His sharp, crisp passing and improved physical play stood out for a lackluster Bolton side.
The two players suited up in the heart of the Red Bulls defense in 2010 in what was Ream's rookie season in Major League Soccer. A reunion is coming this summer.
“It's great. He's coming to visit me in a couple weeks,” Petke said after training at the Red Bulls training facility Thursday. “I don't want to speak out of line [but] there's a chance he might come train with us for a couple days – unofficially. We'd be excited to have him back in, sure.”
Ream, who played with the Red Bulls from 2010-2011, appeared in 46 matches across all competitions for Bolton this past year. In recent months, he has become a hot topic as a possible late inclusion for the United States team headed to the World Cup.
Petke tweeted a message of praise about Ream on Wednesday night, typing of Ream's honor: “Congratulations to my man Tim Ream. Bolton POY. Well deserved and proud of you.”