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Tim Ream signs contract extension with Bolton Wanderers

Tim Ream isn't going anywhere.

Michael Steele

Tim Ream had a great season with Bolton Wanderers, and now he's set to stay at the club through 2017. The American has signed a three-year contract extension with Bolton, securing his future at the club.

Ream has been with Bolton since 2012, when the club paid the New York Red Bulls £2.5 million for the defender. The American had some rough times with the club, struggling at center back and even spending time at left back and in the midfield, but with his future at the club unclear going into last season, he shined. The 26-year-old was phenomenal, anchoring the Bolton defense and earning the team's Player of the Year award.

Jurgen Klinsmann has called Ream up just once in his three-year tenure and it did not go well. Ream came in as a 72nd minute substitute in a October 2011 friendly against Ecuador and was beaten for the winning goal. But Ream does possess the good ball skills that Klinsmann values from his defenders and with the Bolton man in good form, he could get a look in the Americans' fall friendlies.

It's been a while since Ream was a realistic international option, but he's made his case for Bolton and figures to continue doing so for at least three more years. Now it's just a matter of playing just as well for the U.S. if, and when, Klinsmann gives him another look.