What They're Saying: Tim Ream

"It's a breath of fresh air because before, it was, ‘Let’s qualify by any means necessary. Chopping and changing, switching things up, whatever it took, and you know, like I said, he's focused on playing a certain way and sticking to it.”

-- Fulham defender Tim Ream, recalled to the U.S. national team for matches against Ecuador and Chile, on new head coach Gregg Berhalter's approach to developing a possession-based style.
5 comments about "What They're Saying: Tim Ream".
  1. Bob Ashpole, March 21, 2019 at 8:51 a.m.

    Who said the MNT was "developing a possession-based style"? I haven't read it anywhere else, and I have been looking closely for it.

    As near as I can tell from watching, the US is still intending to play a counterattacking style.

  2. Wooden Ships replied, March 21, 2019 at 12:52 p.m.

    Maybe, Tim is referencing the expectation of having controlled touches whether through, direct, build up (possession) or counterattacking. The continued talk of system understanding to me is somewhat of a smokescreen. The game is fluid/dynamic and if your opponent has your systems number, then what? The players on the field have to be smart enough to recognize what needs to be accomplished. Tim has a good soccer brain (St. Louis homey-haha) here’s to having a good match. 

  3. Ginger Peeler replied, March 21, 2019 at 2:14 p.m.

    Bob, there’s an article from ProSoccerTalk on the BR (Bleacher Report) web site where more of the Tim Ream statement is included, plus Berhalter is quoted re possession. 

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, March 21, 2019 at 5:53 p.m.

    Ginger, thanks but it doesn't come up on google. Maybe it is members only.

    I wasn't referring to Tim's quote. He doesn't say what the style of play is. I was referring to the SA comment ("on new head coach Gregg Berhalter's approach to developing a possession-based style"). SA says it here, but I don't recall them saying this in any article.

    WS, I was hoping is that we would adopt Dutch Style principles of play, which is probably best described as positional play rather than possession style, which is a bit of a misnomer. I like your phrase too ("buildup"). Last match I concluded that there was no change in the style of play from the typical physical based counterattacking of the past.  

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, March 22, 2019 at 10:57 a.m.

    Ginger, I found an article on sbnation that linked to a 2017 442 Berhalter interview. 

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