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Americans Abroad: Ream to make roster; John, Lletget play for reserves and more


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Another week, another bout of speculation over whether Tim Ream will make his Bolton debut.

At the very least, he appears destined for a place on the bench for the first time since making his move from the New York Red Bulls to the Premier League.

Manager Owen Coyle confirmed on Bolton's website that Ream will make the matchday roster for the first time, but he stopped short of proclaiming him a surefire starter for Saturday's FA Cup battle against Millwall.

"I think it's fair to say that Tim Ream will definitely be involved in the matchday 18, as will (fellow new signing) Ryo Miyaichi," Coyle said. "They have a bit of training to do before that game, but we will pick the best team available to us to go and win a difficult FA Cup tie. We have a squad of very good players and we may make one or two changes. We will have a look, see how we train today and Friday and make a decision from there."

Here are a few more items involving Americans Abroad:


West Ham's first team is off until next weekend, but George John got another chance to prove himself for the club's technical staff by playing in Friday's reserve match. John started West Ham's 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers and "looked solid throughout" according to a West Ham match report. West Ham's first team plays on Tuesday, the next chance John has to make his official debut as time ticks away on his loan from FC Dallas.

American youth international Sebastian Lletget appeared as a substitute in the reserve match for West Ham, which is a curious development considering that sources confirmed to SBI on Thursday that he had recently broken his nose and suffered a concussion and was being held out of action as a precaution with the concussion.


Jozy Altidore's AZ Alkmaar got the best of Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie on Thursday, holding serve at home with a 1-0 victory.

Altidore appeared as a 76th-minute substitute, while Kljestan started and went the distance for Anderlecht.

Jermaine Jones made his temporary return to Schalke's lineup, starting and playing 90 card-free minutes in Schalke's 1-1 draw with Viktoria Plzen. Jones is still in the midst of his eight-game domestic suspension for his stomp on Borussia Monchengladbach's Marco Reus, but that suspension does not include European competitions. 

Steve Cherundolo and Oguchi Onyewu both started and received yellow cards in their respective matches. Hannover 96 came from behind to top Club Brugge, 2-1, a game in which Cherundolo was subbed off in the 76th minute. 

Onyewu played the entire 90 in Sporting Lisbon's 2-2 draw with Legia Warsaw, as the Portuguese side got an 88th-minute equalizer to pull level on aggregate and take two away goals into the return leg.


What do you make of these developments? Hope to see Ream against Millwall? Curious as to how Lletget played in a reserve match despite coming off a concussion? What did you think of the Americans' Europa League performances on Thursday?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Jeff

    From the beginning I’ve said I don’t see how a CB comes into the PL and starts games without building up any relationship of communication and timing with a partner back there.


  • gorg

    makes a lot of sense. I for 1 advised him to head to PSV. There’s EL games for sure. But let’s see ho it goes


  • Edwin in LA

    At this point I just want George John playing SOMEWHERE? Either for West Ham, or in a Championship side or FC Dallas hopefully leading their defense to being one of the best again and making FC Dallas a force to be reckoned with like the last 2 years before the falling the had the last 3 months last season…

    If David Ferreira can handle his psychological doubts and get back to where they were…with Shea on the left and Blas Perez plus Fabian Castillo up top they can do some damage if you ask me, no CCL but that lets them concentrate more on MLS & US Open Cup to make both of those more competitive!


  • The Imperative Voice

    They switched coaches on him within days of acquisition. Stuck himself in a bad spot IMO.


  • The Imperative Voice

    Except Bolton is in 19th place in the EPL (relegation territory) and Coyle probably can’t afford to lose a cup tie with a lower division team on top of that. Ironically your better play is probably to run him out vs. Chelsea when at best you squeak out an unexpected point and at worst you lose like most will expect. But if they lose to Millwall he might get fired before the final whistle.


  • WorldCitizen

    Frankly, if Bolton gets relegated, it might well be the best possible thing for Tim Ream. He’s still got potential, but last season showed all too clearly just how far he still has to go; the last thing he needs is to get spit-roasted almost constantly next season by the merciless sharks who play striker in the EPL, which could very well be the case. A year or two of seasoning in England’s still-competitive second tier would only help him, especially coming off a year where Murphy’s Law stalked his every move on the field! We’ve never seen a sophomore slump this bad from any highly regarded MLS newcomer not named Rookie of the Year the previous season – Ream could stand to rebuild both his acumen and his confidence for a spell, and the Prem is really not a good place for that!


  • GW

    “Coyle probably can’t afford to lose a cup tie with a lower division team on top of that. ”

    Bolton will try to beat Millwall but avoiding relegation is the number one priority. Winning the FA Cup means almost nothing if they get relegated. In fact, getting knocked out of the Cup would mean they can focus on the relegation battle.

    There are no guarantees but Coyle is exceedingly popular with the fans and with the management in Bolton, who have made it clear that they are unlikley to fire him even if they get relegated. After all, who better to lead them right back in that event. They realize Bolton is in deep because of injuries and their inability ot hang onto players. Very few blame Coyle for the current situation.


  • GW

    “Stuck himself in a bad spot IMO.”

    You make it sound like RR knew they were going to fire the manager.


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