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Tim Ream Called Up to USA Squad

Wanderers defender back on the international scene

Tony Marshall

According to US Soccer.com, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called up Bolton Wanderers defender Tim Ream to his training camp in Frankfurt, Germany, to begin preparations for its match against Ukraine in March, being held on neutral territory in Cyprus. The match was previously set to be played in Ukraine, but the location was changed due to the troubles being experienced by the country.

Klinsmann said:

"This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players, for those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the FIFA World Cup

With this game being the only chance for these players before our World Cup preparation camp begins, it's even more important they have a good showing."

A total of 21 players on the roster ply their trade in Europe. Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, Seattle Sounders FC forward Dempsey and Club Tijuana defender Edgar Castillo are the only representatives on the squad from North American teams. In addition, 18-year-old Bayern Munich forward Julian Green will participate in training camp, but is not yet eligible to play in a match for the United States.

Ream, a regular starter at Bolton in the Championship, gets his first call up since the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in August. He is one of five Championship-based players in the squad.

Squad

GOALKEEPERS: Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)

MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Barnsley), Danny Williams (Reading)

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)