Just moments into Saturday’s match against Reading, Tim Ream and Fulham were in big trouble. Ream’s central partner, Tomas Kalas, was dismissed in the opening minute, paving the way for 89 minutes of Reading attacks. When those attacks were done, though, Ream and Fulham had a point to stand on thanks to the defender’s strong performance.
Ream anchored the Fulham backline through 89 minutes of man-down soccer, earning a 1-1 draw with Reading in Saturday’s Championship clash. The defender’s efforts helped his side earn a point from a precarious situation while locking down honors as SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week.
Kalas was sent off just 30 seconds into the match for a last-man foul on Mo Barrow. On the road and down a man, Ream held strong as Reading maintained 71 percent of the possession while firing 31 crosses into the center of the box. Reading broke through once on a Liam Kelly finish, but Ream and Fulham held on just enough for Lucas Piazon to fire an equalizer within the game’s last 10 minutes to steal a road point.
Ream’s efforts earned him honors over honorable mention Timmy Chandler, who scored a goal in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-0 win over TuS Erndtebruck in DFB-Pokal play.
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