Tim Ream is an American soccer player who currently plays for Fulham F.C. The 6-foot-1 center-back has 46 caps for his country, the United States. Even at the age of 33, he is a regular figure in the US soccer team where he plays with some emerging talents in the soccer world. Recently in March 2021, Tim Ream fed the ball to the 18-year old youngster Gio Reyna for his goal against Northern Ireland.
Despite being a popular name in the American soccer team, there are some interesting facts about Tim Ream that might surprise you. We’ve put together 5 facts about him that you might not have heard about:
Team Is Married To Former Soccer Player
Definitely a match made in heaven, Tim is married to his childhood lover, Kristen Sapienza. Kristen, his wife, is a former soccer player. The couple took their vows in January of 2012 and now have three children together- Aidan Ream, Theodore Ream, and Lilia Ryan Ream.
Their marriage could potentially have started off a little bit shaky as Tim had to cancel his planned honeymoon as Bolton Wanderers came calling for his transfer to the club before the transfer deadline ended. This must have been a tough decision for Tim to make, but as Kristen herself had a footballing background, she must have understood the gravity of the situation.
Shaky start or not, the couple still seems to be head-over-heels for each other and one look at Tim’s social media accounts makes that very apparent.
He is The Co-host Of A Podcast
Tim Ream is certainly a man of multiple talents. Apart from his prowess on the field, he shows his resourcefulness as a co-host in a podcast. ‘Indirect’ is a podcast co-hosted by Tim Ream and St. Louis network broadcaster Steve Schlanger
A professional footballer by trade, Tim turns part-analyst in the podcast where he offers his unique insight on the hottest topics in soccer and also provides exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the game.
Tim’s Long List Of Achievements
Tim’s dream of playing in the Premier League started at a very young age and he certainly took the American soccer world by storm. Tim Ream has a high school record to his name, scoring 15 goals and 39 assists playing for St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon Missouri. Quite the statistic for a center-back. This led him to be named All-State, All-Conference, and Class-2 Defensive Player of the year in two consecutive years.
According to Transfermarkt, his ball-playing ability caught the attention of then-Premier League side Bolton Wanderers who signed him for a fee of $3.6 million in 2012. His dream finally materialized when he made his Premier League debut against Chelsea.
Impressing everywhere he went seemed to be a customary thing for Tim as he won two back-to-back Bolton Player of the Year awards in 2013/14 and the 2014/15 season.
Bolton Wanderers were relegated in Tim’s first season at the club and he was then a Championship player. He needed a change of scenario and when Fulham came calling, he swooped in at the chance and signed a four-year contract with the fellow Championship side Fulham. He earns 22,000 GBP in wages at Fulham.
Tim was instrumental in the side’s promotion in the 2017/18 season and is still rock solid at the back for the Cottagers.
His Highest FIFA Card Has 73 Overall
If you’re into esports, you probably know about FIFA. Players in the game FIFA are rated according to their abilities in the real sport. All cards are rated on various metrics like pace, passing, shooting, defending, etc.
Tim Ream was rated 70 in the last edition of the game, FIFA 21. Center-backs don’t usually have the most attractive of FIFA cards and so was the case for Tim even if he was amazing on the pitch. His highest rated FIFA card was rated 73, in FIFA 19, where he was given a 2-Star skill moves rating and 3-Star weak foot rating.
Tim Has A Heart Of Gold
Footballers these days are more than just players. They are an inspiration for millions and millions idolize them. Rhys Porter, a Fulham supporter, is one of those millions.
Rhys Porter suffers from cerebral palsy and suffered awful abuse after he posted his videos of him playing football online. It’s a terrible sight to see and most of us might not have acted on it. However, it was not the case for our hero, Tim Ream.
Tim surprised Rhys Porter during an interview with BBC Breakfast, sneaking up to him and giving a surprise that Rhys won’t ever forget. The emotional video has been circulating around the internet and there has been a lot of praise for Tim Ream for his antics, rightly deserved.
Even though Tim is in the latter stages of his playing career, he will always be a popular name in US soccer. He has proven himself as a hero on and off the pitch and we can only hope he ends his playing career on a high.