Tim Ream keeps tumbling further off the soccer map

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Tim Ream, who once seemed destined to assume status among U.S. center backs, keeps dropping further and further from the national team picture.

Earlier today I posted something at PST where Jurgen Klinsmann ticked off a list of center backs “knocking on” Carlos Bocanegra’s door. The names mentioned were Geoff Cameron, Clarence Goodson, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler and Maurice Edu. (Edu wasn’t actually mentioned in the article, but Klinsmann did talk about Edu – that part just hit the editing room floor.)

No mention of Ream, the Bolton man who can’t find a starting role for a club sitting uncomfortably close to the drop zone in England’s second tier.

Not only that, but the former New York Red Bull isn’t even playing along the back line anymore; the man that brought him to Bolton (Owen Coyle) has since been dismissed, and new man Dougie Freedman has Ream kicking the tires on a defensive midfield role.

Still, Ream says he’s not looking to make a move, according to a Goal.com piece from Alex Labidou, who spoke to Ream by phone this week.

Right now, I’ve been training at defensive mid at Bolton and I think that’s where they see me helping out the club. So it just depends on where I’m getting consistent minutes. You see a guy like Mo [Maurice] Edu, who is a defensive center midfielder, transitioned to sometimes playing a center back role with the national team. So I think it all hinges on me getting games no matter where it’s at.”

Ream may be committed to playing out his contract for the club that paid MLS and New York $2.75 million just a year ago. Still, he doesn’t sound like someone 100 percent in love with the situation, suggesting that not everyone is as desperate as he is to turn things around at the Reebok.

That could get interesting.

VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid

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Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.

The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).

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Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.

Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.

On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).

Ozil bristles at talk of Arsenal selling him

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Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.

The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.

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Ozil was not called up by Germany, and has missed four of his last nine Premier League matches. Three of those were for illness, and he missed last week’s loss to West Brom with a hamstring injury.

From Metro:

“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.

“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”

Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.

Sydney FC clinches first place in A-League

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SYDNEY (AP) After clinching first place in Australia’s A-League without taking the field, Sydney FC enhanced its record achievement with a 3-0 win over the Perth Glory on Sunday.

Sydney FC won the Premiers Plate as regular-season champions after the second-place Melbourne Victory lost 1-0 to Brisbane on Saturday, when Sydney had a night off.

The Brisbane win left Sydney with an unassailable 11-point lead in first place with three rounds to play.

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The Sydney side also created some history: it became the only team to have remained in outright first position in the standings for an entire season.

In the other match Sunday, the Wellington Phoenix beat Newcastle 5-0 to remain within five points of sixth-place Western Sydney for the final playoff spot.

Walking Dead? Star fittingly sees Exeter’s implausible comeback (video)

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As Rick Grimes, actor Andrew Lincoln regularly battles the undead on his show “The Walking Dead”.

As a friend of Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale, Lincoln was probably pretty happy to watch a team that would not die.

Exeter went down 3-0 when Yeovil Town broke a scoreless drought with a trio of tallies between the 62nd and 78th minutes.

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But Exeter’s David Wheeler scored in the 88th minute, and Troy Brown and Reuben Reid scored a minute apart at the beginning of stoppage time to earn a point for the League Two playoff hopeful.

Couple things on this video, too:

— Check out the shove on the goalkeeper when trying to collect the ball after the first goal of the fight back.

— Watch the man with his baby behind the net after the third goal. Did Mom know how safe her little one was?