Fuel Soccer Talk: Catching up with Tim Ream; Ajax at its most beautiful; Tobin Heath honored

Ream staying positive despite team’s relegation

Fulham getting relegated from the Champions League has been pretty much a given for some time now. They are currently second from bottom in the Premier League standings with just 20 points. Only Huddersfield Town has been worst this year – they are an awful 3 wins, 26 losses and five draws for bottom of the table 14 points.

Tim Ream’s first full EPL season came to pass when Fulham were officially relegated by a 4-1 loss at Watford on April 2. That result stretched their losing streak to nine games, but the Cottagers busted the slump with a 2-0 home win over Everton on Saturday.

Ream, who won eight aerial duels and contributed six total defensive stops as Fulham posted their first clean sheet of 2019, has vowed to help close out the season on a high note.

“The team and the players owe it to the football club and fans to go out in the last five games and give something back,” Ream recently told Yahoo Sports.

Ream, who was drafted in the second round (18th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls on Aug. 20, 2015, was sold to Fulham, with whom he signed a four-year deal. A cultured centerback who displays good instincts and skill passing out of the back, Ream has steadily built his resume in the last few years in England and has 28 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

What should Ream do when his contract with Fulham expires?

Ajax’s beautiful build-up in win over Juventus

Ajax Amsterdam followed up their elimination of Real Madrid by producing a spell-binding display of inventive, passing football to win 2-1 away to Juventus on Tuesday and end the Serie A team’s dreams of winning the Champions League. Ajax’s 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt headed the winner from the corner in the 67th minute of the quarterfinal second leg as the Dutch side came from behind to clinch a 3-2 aggregate win and reach the last four for the first time since 1996-97.

This goal shows how beautiful this game is when played at its highest level.    

What is the best part of this play by Ajax?

Portland Thorns FC Tobin Heath named NWSL Player of the Week

Portland Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath was voted Week 1 NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association. Heath tallied a goal and an assist to propel the Thorns ahead of the Orlando Pride 2-0 on Sunday. Heath’s assist came in the 45th minute after receiving a pass in the 18-yard-box from Christine Sinclair. Heath pulled her defender wide and then backheeled a pass to teammate Caitlin Foord, who drove the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of the match. Heath’s goal came in the 49th minute when Foord returned the favor, sending a low cross to Heath, who pulled off a behind-the-back touch with the inside of her right foot to redirect the ball into goal.

What makes Tobin Heath such a great player?  

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