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What They're Saying: Tim Ream
July 11th, 2014 3:31PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, men's national team, world cup 2014


"Naturally, you can say, "Did I make the right decision?" but me being the type of person I am, it wasn't about a lack of commitment to the national team. It was a greater commitment to family. It was my first born, and one of those things I wasn't willing to miss. Unfortunately, it may have been my last chance to impress [Jurgen Klinsmann]. But you just put your head down and go at it again over the next few years."

-- Bolton Wanderers defender Tim Ream, who says he turned down a call-up for the USA's match against Ukraine to be with his wife Kristen for the birth of the couple's first child. (

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