Stu Holden now has someone he can make “Small Wonder” jokes with in the dressing room (or whatever cheesy American cultural touchstone you’re into … though “Small Wonder” might’ve actually been well before their time, come to think of it) — fellow American Tim Ream has officially signed with Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle discussed the move with the Bolton web site.

(Update: The Guardian Discusses What the Ream Move Means to MLS’ Future)


“First and foremost we are absolutely delighted to secure Tim’s services,” said manager Owen Coyle.

“He is a US international, a player that year-on-year has progressed and got better, and he will continue to do that.

“He was trailed by a number of clubs, including West Brom and also Arsenal who tried to sign him in the summer, so it is great that he sees his future here.

“Tim is everything that we want in the players we are bringing to the club when we spend in the transfer market. He is young, has a tremendous attitude and a winning mentality.

“I know he will fit in well with the rest of the squad here at Bolton.”

Ream also tweeted the news that he and his wife are off to England this morning.

It’s your reddish, bullish backline now, Stephen Keel.