Growing up, most American kids dream of playing in the NFL or the NBA, but, as someone once said, “when everyone goes right, you go left.”
Likewise, Tim Ream took the road less traveled as he chose to play football.
Tim is one of the most well-known footballers in the U.S, mainly due to his exploits in England’s first and second divisions.
Furthermore, Ream has exceeded all expectations put on him and then some as he is one of the best center backs in England currently.
But, Tim’s journey to the top was not achieved in a short period. Instead, the American international had to fight and claw to become the player he is.
Therefore, I have written this article to highlight his footballing journey that started from his high school days to his current Championship days.
You will also find details regarding his MLS and Premier League career, along with his salary, net worth, family, body measurements, and social media.
So let’s warm up with some quick facts before we get onto the serious stuff.
|Full Name||Timothy Michael Ream|
|Birth Date||5 October 1987|
|Birth Place||St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A|
|Nick Name||Not available|
|Education||Saint Louis University|
|Father’s Name||Not Available|
|Mother’s Name||Not Available|
|Age||34 Years Old|
|Height||6’1″ (1.86 m)|
|Shoe Size||Not available|
|Body Measurement||Not available|
|Net Worth||$8 million|
|Clubs||Fulham(Current), Bolton, New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire (Former)|
|Last Update||May, 2022|
Tim Ream: Early Life & Career
Tim was born in the state of St. Louis, Missouri, on the 5th day of October 1987.
Unlike most other kids in the U.S, ever since Ream was a child, he always wanted to play football.
Growing up, the St. Louis native was a massive fan of the English Premier League and the Champions League.
Thus, since the very beginning, Ream has always dreamed of playing in the Premier League one day.
Tim Ream High School
So, to pursue his ambitions, the American decided to play football (or soccer as it’s known in the U.S) for St. Dominic High School.
The tall center-back was so impressive that he got selected for the 2005 NSCAA All-Midwest Region during his youth days.
Also, Ream won various team and personal awards during his amateur years in both his high school and college.
Amongst others, Tim was tabbed an All-State, All-Conference, and Class 2 Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005.
Furthermore, the American international also earned NSCAA First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-Conference honors during his time with Saint Louis University.
Most people don’t know that Tim also played in the USL Premier Development League with the Chicago Fire Premier, which helped him develop.
Soon after he graduated from St. Louis University, a host of MLS teams showed interest in the talented center back.
As a result, Ream decided to declare himself eligible for the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
Tim Ream: Career & Stats
Following his impressive high school and college performance, New York Red Bull drafted Tim as the 18th overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
Subsequently, everyone expected the tall center to transfer his talents from the college level to MLS instantly.
Likewise, Ream made his professional debut for the Red Bulls in the 2010 MLS season’s opening game against the Chicago Fire. The American international helped his side keep a clean sheet as they won the game 1-0.
By the time his first professional season was over, the St. Louis native had started in all 30 games for his club. In doing so, he guided his side to the regular season Eastern Conference title.
After that, Ream stayed with the MLS franchise for another two years before making his dream move to the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers.
As per the reports, Bolton paid £2.5 million for the American’s services, which was a lot of money for a footballer playing in the MLS.
Having realized his dreams of playing in the Premier League, Ream was now time to make an impact.
Unfortunately, the American international’s first season in England’s top division ended in its relegation despite his best efforts.
The subsequent season turned out to be even worse for the 6-foot-1 center back as he lost his starting place and had to settle for a spot on the bench.
Nevertheless, Ream managed to appear 17 times for the club.
Contrarily, Tim managed to show everyone why he was highly rated during his teen years as he bagged Bolton’s Player of the Year.
This occurred for two consecutive seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Having impressed many onlookers, the St. Louis native decided that he needed a change in the surroundings to once again play in the Premier League.
Subsequently, Ream signed a four-year contract with promotion hopefuls Fulham in a $1.87 million deal.
After that, the 6-foot-1 center back made his debut for Fulham in a 3-1 win over Rotherham United.
The American international endured two heart-breaking seasons with the Championship club as Fulham finished 20th in his first year.
Contrarily, the club did manage to secure a playoff spot in the 2016-17 season but unfortunately lost to Reading in the semi-finals.
By the time the 2017-18 season came in, everyone expected Fulham to be promoted as they had one of the best squads in the Championship.
And, that is precisely what happened as Tim helped Fulham reach the Premier League.
Consequently, the American center back earned the Year award’s Fulham Player due to his commendable performances.
Following Fulham’s promotion, just like back in 2012, Ream had the opportunity to showcase his talent in the best league in the world. And, this time, Tim vowed to show his true ability to the whole world.
However, just before the 2018-19 season, the 6-foot-1 center back got injured, limiting only 29 appearances.
Furthermore, things got even worse for the 32-year-old as Fulham got relegated from the Premier League as they finished dead last.
Contrarily, this season has been much better for the American international as Fulham is currently sitting in the third position in the Championship.
The London-based club is just six points behind West Brom, who sit in the last automatic promotion spot.
Unfortunately for Ream and Fulham, the 2019-20 season has been postponed until further notice due to the Corona Virus’s world epidemic, which has affected the whole world.
Nevertheless, whenever the league resumes, I have full faith in Fulham and Tim to continue their outstanding season and get promoted to the Premier League once again.
Tim made his international debut for the U.S men’s national team on 11 November 2010 against South Africa.
Subsequently, Ream played in the 2011 Gold Cup, where he made two appearances but did not impress.
Consequently, he was dropped for the final four matches.
After that, the American international was left out of the side for another two years before being called up in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Since then, the 32-year-old has been a staple in the U.S men’s national team due to his consistent performances.
As of now, the St. Louis native has made a total of 40 appearances scoring a solitary goal. However, defenders are not judged based on goals; therefore, their tally must be taken with some consideration.
Tim Ream and Fulham
In the season of 2020, Fulham got known for wasting their shot at Premier League consolidation.
They also mostly avoided the “child in a toy shop with their birthday money” appearance to the transfer window, perhaps unnerved by the growing financial crisis, but have still recruited eight new players.
This time, none of them are central supporters.
A defense containing Tim Ream, Denis Odoi, Joe Bryan, and Maxime Le Marchand, four players who regularly started matches in that dismal 2018-19 season, got known for striving again.
Deja vu, all over again.
Tim Ream’s frank assessment for Fulham missing out on automatics
Tim Ream submitted a frank appraisal for Fulham’s no-show at St Andrew’s on a recent week back in 2020: “We s**t the bed.”
The Whites were defeated 3-1 by Birmingham City in the Midlands, delivering an end to their 23-game winning run on a day where a victory could have seen them preferred to the Premier League.
And with Cardiff City moving to Read, three points at St Andrew would’ve been enough for Fulham to gain automated notice.
But, instead, it’s the play-offs once more and a trip to Derby County.
There is no hiding it was a poor display from the west London outfit – over-hit passes, no beat, and difficulty in doing anything of note.
All in the final third that all committed to Fulham’s worst display in half a season of soccer.
2018 EFL Championship play-offs
2013-14, 2014-15 Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year
2017-18 Fulham Player of the Year
How old is Tim Ream? Age, Height & Body Measurements
At the time of writing, Ream is 32 years of age, which is when most footballers start to think of their retirement. However, most defenders play till their late 30’s, and I have no doubts that Tim can do the same.
The American international stands at 6 feet 1 inch, which makes it easier for him to challenge airballs. Ream’s height is one of the main reasons he is one of the best defenders currently playing in the Championship.
Furthermore, the 32-year-old has a muscular upper body, which helps Tim battle against the most hardened strikers.
Most people don’t know that Championship clubs have to play as much as three times a week. Thus, fitness is a must for any professional playing in England’s second division.
Likewise, the American international is amongst the fittest players in the league. As a result, Tim is one of the best center backs, not just in the Championship but also in the country.
Tim Ream: Net Worth & Salary
Currently, the net worth Tim stands at $8 million accrued mainly from his footballing activities. Being a professional footballer in England’s top two divisions means earning a considerable sum of money.
Similarly, American international is earning £27,000 per week or £1.4 million per year. Being one of the more prominent players for Fulham, Ream commands a considerable sum for a championship player.
Also, the 32-year-old was Fulham’s Player of the Year in 2017-18 due to his impressive performances that helped the club earn a promotion to the Premier League.
Consequently, the 6-foot-1 center back received a new two-year £54,000 per week contract with the club.
Unfortunately, the club got relegated from the Premier League next season, due to which Tim’s salary got halved.
Nonetheless, earning £1.4 million per year is no mean feat as most of us will never get to see that amount of money in our lifetime.
Tim Ream: Family & Wife
The American international is happily married to his childhood lover, Kristen Sapienza. Similarly, the couple got married back in January 2012 in an extravagant wedding where all the friends and family were present.
On the contrary, Ream somewhat managed to dampen his marriage by canceling his honeymoon 24 hours after the pair tied the knot.
So, let’s spare a moment of thought for the poor bride as most women dream of this special day from their childhood.
However, there was a significant reason behind the decision as Bolton Wanderers wanted to sign Tim.
And, with the deadline for the transfer window running down, there was no time to spare for the St.Louis native. As a result, Ream canceled the honeymoon to sign for Bolton.
However, Kristen understands the nature of professional football as she, too, is a professional footballer. Thus, I don’t feel that there is any bad blood between the two.
Instead, the couple is a match made in heaven as they continuously support each other in times of prosperity and difficulties.
Furthermore, the couple solidified their marriage with the birth of their three children, Aidan Ream, Theodore Ream, and a daughter, Lilia Ryan Ream, who they welcomed in October 2018.
The two lovebirds are currently ecstatic with their relationship, as suggested by Ream’s social media post. In fact, Kristen comes to watch most of Tim’s game to show support for her husband.
Social Media Presence
Twitter: 10.1k followers