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By SI Wire
November 21, 2014

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has expressed anger with and demanded an explanation from the US men's national team for the decision to call up defender Tim Ream just a day before the national team's match against Ireland, according to Marc Iles of the Bolton News.

Ream was notified on Monday that he was needed to replace defender John Brooks. He flew to Dublin on Tuesday morning, ahead of the game that evening. He did not enter the game until the 87th minute, by which point the US team was down 4-1.

In his absence, Ream missed two days of training before Bolton's match Saturday afternoon against Blackpool.

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"I am not happy at all," Lennon said. "I want an explanation. They had two games and they should have called him in after that initial game."

"And yet they call him in on the night before the game so he has to get flight on Tuesday morning to Dublin and then play one minute of an international. People wonder why footballers don't want to play for their country any more? I am not saying that is the case with Tim. But when you see them being treated like that it makes me very angry."

"There is a complete lack of respect for the player and a lack of respect for our club. I am still waiting on an explanation from someone. I have contacted the American [soccer federation] and made my feelings pretty clear."

The Ireland match was Ream's third appearance for the national team this year, and the tenth of his career.

Klinsmann has caused controversy with his comments and personnel decisions in the past. Ahead of this year's World Cup, he cut longtime national team member Landon Donovan, and remarked that the national team was not ready to win the World Cup.

This October, Klinsmann made critical comments about the quality of American major league soccer, comments which MLS commissioner Don Garber described as "very, very detrimental" to the league.

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Since exiting the World Cup after a loss to Belgium on July 1, the men's national team has gone 1-2-2, losing its last two matches to Colombia and Ireland, 2-1 and 4-1, respectively.

With a 5-2-10 record, Bolton is 21st in the Football League Championship standings, three spots ahead of Blackpool, which, at 1-4-12, is last in the league.

- Christopher Woody




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