USMNT Notes: Ream signs with Fulham, Howard, Beasley Available For Selection

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by DENY GALLAGHER

‘Fulhamerica’ is back.

Fulham of the English Championship have secured the services of American defender Tim Ream, signing the St. Louis native to a four-year contract and agreeing to an undisclosed transfer fee with Bolton Wanderers for the 27-year-old back.

“I’m more than pleased to be here,” Ream, 27, told FulhamFC.com. “It’s been a long time coming now, over the past week-and-a-half it’s gone back and forth so I’m glad its finally sorted.

The acquisition puts an end to a bidding war that included Queens Park Rangers.

“The biggest thing was the history, walking into the training ground and feeling the vibe around the club and the success that previous American players have had here.”

Ream becomes the latest American to join the club in a long list of U.S. internationals including Brian McBride, Clint Dempsey, Kasey Keller, Eddie Johnson, Eddie Lewis, Marcus Hahnemann and Carlos Bocanegra. Currently, the team also employs young American midfielder Emerson Hyndman.

Ream, a two time Bolton Player of the Year, appeared in 126 matches for the Trotters. He has also been capped by the U.S. 15 times, including a recent call to the Gold Cup in July.

HOWARD, BEASLEY RETURN TO USMNT

Thursday afternoon, the United States announced that both Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley are returning to the National Team fold.

Beasley, who came out of international retirement for the knockout stage of the Gold Cup, is set to come back for the upcoming friendlies against Peru and Brazil. Despite the looming call up, it remains unclear how long the defender will be in the national team’s plans.

“One of the most important follow-ups after the Gold Cup was definitely a conversation with DaMarcus Beasley,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “He made himself available for the Gold Cup and it didn’t work out the way we all wanted it with his injury after the first training session. So we had that conversation and I asked him to reconsider the National Team and he was all fired up.”

Meanwhile, almost a year to the day that Tim Howard played his last game for the United States, the goalkeeper has announced his availability for selection after his hiatus from the team.

Since Howard announced he was stepping away from the team, it has been made clear that the player will have to earn his spot in the starting lineup once again.

“He knew it was not going to be easy to come back because obviously Brad Guzan established himself as the number one,” said Klinsmann. “Tim has accepted for the time being to be the number two, and then down the road there will be a fight for the number one spot like in every position.”

If Jurgen Klinsmann’s track record is any indication it will not be easy for Howard to reclaim his spot, but will be given the opportunity over the next few months.

The full 23-man roster for the upcoming friendlies will reportedly be announced on August 30th.

REMAINING USMNT FIXTURES FOR 2015

9/4: MNT vs. PERU, RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

9/8: MNT vs. BRAZIL, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA.

10/10: MNT vs. MEXICO, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA.

11/13: MNT vs. St. Vincent & The Grenadines OR Aruba, Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

11/17: MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago, TBD