Ream Talks Up MLS Return; Doesn't Regret Bolton Move

  • October 16, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Tim Ream has admitted he would like to return to America at some stage in his career, but he isn't planning to quit Bolton just yet.

After an inconsistent 18 months since joining Wanderers from New York Red Bulls, Ream has started to show his best form for the club in recent weeks and has forced his way back into Dougie Freedman's plans - just months after his time at the Reebok Stadium looked to be over.

Ream, who openly admits struggling to adapt to Championship football last season, says he is starting to feel settled in England but would, one day, like to return to MLS.

Speaking to NBC Sports, Ream said: "I think last year it was definitely a struggle for me in terms of adjusting to the style that is the Championship.

"But now I've taken the opportunity that was given to me a couple weeks back and I'm playing well and playing consistently, which is what I always tried to do. I'm definitely glad that I was given the chance, and I'm happy with that way I've been playing.

"There were three games where I was playing center midfield, and I think with injuries and some guys falling out of form, they felt the need to switch things around. I think it's one of those where I'm happy to be playing and wherever they see fit and wherever I can help out the team, I'm happy to do that.

"I think after the result at Blackpool, the way we played and the way we defended as a team, attacked as a team and created as team, it's just a matter of time before we start banging goals in the back of the net and moving up the table. We definitely have the guys in the squad that can do that for us."

When asked to explain the differences between Premier League and Championship football, the United States international admits he struggled to adapt to the physicality of the division last season but he is now enjoying his football with the Trotters.

"It's similar to the difference between MLS and the Premier League," he said. "It's quicker still in the Championship and you don't have as much time on the ball. It's definitely more physical than the Premier League, and those are all things that after adjusting pretty quickly after moving from New York to the Premier League, it was kind of a shock to the system to then be in the Championship and having to adjust again. The physical nature of the game and the lack of time on the ball that guys are given is a big difference.

"Do I regret moving? Absolutely not. No, I felt at the time that I couldn't get better (in MLS), but I wanted to get better and become a more rounded player, quicker.

"As a result of going through those struggles last year, I think that I've been able to do that. So whether that equates to be in the national team squad again or not, that's not my decision. I just have to continue to get on the field and get minutes and be consistent.

"Anybody will tell you it's much easier to enjoy life and be settled when you're playing on a regular basis. I think last year was a tough year, I think we felt that we had gotten settled once we were over here but obviously then you get relegated and then you're struggling in the Championship.

"I think last year was pretty unsettling. But now that I'm playing again, you feel more settled. But that can change in an instant, if you get dropped and you're not playing a lot of games."

To conclude the interview, Ream was asked about his future aspirations and whether or not a return to the United States would be a realistic prospect down the line. The 26-year-old says he does plan to move back to his homeland in the latter stages of his career but, for now, he is happy with his current situation.

"I think all the guys that have played in the league and moved on would like to come back," Ream explained. "I'm no different.

"When that time is, I don’t know. But, yeah, I definitely see myself moving back at some point. Probably not as earlier as Clint (Dempsey) has done it, but you can't really argue with what he's done! He's obviously a huge talent and a big pick up for the league. He did it for his own reason, which is great.

"When the time comes for me and my family, it will be the same. But a lot of guys are starting to ask me more about the league, different cities, and it's not just the American guys who want to go back and play it's a lot of these guys over here, even in their prime, who are thinking about going over there and playing in MLS."

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