As strange as it sounds, there are a few international matches this week. In addition to a handful of World Cup 2014 qualifiers, a number of friendlies are set to kick off on Wednesday. The much-talked about one is of course England v. Scotland at Wembley but there is another one with an American player that will come as a surprise to Bolton Wanderers fans.
Tim Ream has apparently been called up to the United States Men's National Team for the upcoming friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium in Sarajevo. Bosnia-Herzegovina are currently ranked 13th in the world (per the FIFA rankings), the Americans sit in 19th after a very successful summer.
The match is a chance for the Americans to continue their win streak that has seen the Yanks take 11 victories on the bounce. It also a chance for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to see more of his Europe-based players. The big story for Americans was the call-up of John Anthony Brooks, the Hertha BSC Berlin defender. It is likely that Tim Ream will line up alongside the player at some point in the match. Geoff Cameron may be most likely to get the start.
The full roster is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Eddie Johnson, Aron Johannson, Bobby Wood
It is surprising due to Ream's sheer lack of involvement with Bolton. He saw time during the preseason but despite making the team for match days, Ream has not yet seen minutes in the league for the Whites. The central defender did play for Bolton in the League Cup however, going the full 90 minutes in Wanderers' 3-1 win at Shrewsbury Town's Greenhous Meadow in the middle of last week.
The call up is Ream's first since the summer of 2011.