United States defender Tim Ream was a last-minute substitute in one match for Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT this international break, and Bolton manager Neil Lennon is again angry with his back’s usage.
Lennon complained the last time Ream was called up — as a last minute replacement — and barely featured for the States in a 4-1 loss to the Republic of Ireland.
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This time, Ream was in camp the entire time. And while many expected Ream to see time after sitting out in the U.S.’ poor defensive loss to Denmark, few thought it would be for little more than a minute.
Here’s Lennon, according to MLSSoccer.com:
“I haven’t spoken to Tim on the matter yet, but I’m not too sure you can treat players like that,” Lennon told The Bolton News. “You bring them all that way, train for 10 days, and have two games, but get one minute – it’s pretty poor.
“I understand the coach might want him integrated into the squad and doing a bit of training here and there, but if he’s only going to play a minute of football, we’d much rather have him here where he can have some rest and train for a week with his club in preparation for what is an important two games this weekend.”
Lennon went on to say that Bolton doesn’t discourage players from participating for their national teams, but might reconsider if this happens again. That likely won’t matter, but it is a head-scratcher that Klinsmann didn’t try Ream earlier in the Switzerland match. Then again, we didn’t see Ream at training for those 10 days.
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