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Ream named Fulham player of the year, adios Vieira, and will Wood move?

With the World Cup about readly to kickoff, the news will be slower for American Soccer but Monday brought a very praiseworthy and deserved award to Tim Ream who had a great season. Elsewehre, Patrick Vieira leaves the Big Apple and Bobby Wood might remain in the Bundesliga. 
BY Brian Sciaretta Posted
June 11, 2018
6:20 AM
The silly season is underway and Bobby Wood could find himself on a deal to remain in the Bundesliga despite a bad year but the big story is a deserved award for Tim Ream who helped carry Fulham back to the Premier League. 

Ream wins player of the year

As expected, U.S. international Tim Ream was named Fulham’s player of the season after the St. Louis native played 48 games for the London club across all competitions and helped it win promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs.

Ream, 30, was fantastic all season long but came through strong in the second half of the season when Fulham went on a 23 game unbeaten run to nearly claim promotion automatically. In the 4320 minutes he played for Fulham this season, he picked up just two cards, both yellows.

He is the third American player to win the Player of the Year for Fulham as Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey each won the award twice. Between McBride and Ream, it is the third time the award has gone to a player who played for the University of St. Louis.

For Ream, it is the third time he has won the Player of the Year for a club as he won the award twice for Bolton Wanderers. In terms of other individual awards, Ream was named the Defender of the Year for the New York Red Bulls in 2010 when he was also a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year (that award went to Andy Najar).

Vieira departs

As expected, Patrick Vieira stepped down today as New York City FC’s head coach to take the job at OGC Nice which recently finished in eighth place in Ligue 1.

Vieira, 41, was a legend for the French national team where he won a World Cup in his 107 caps. Most of his professional career was spent at Arsenal but he later played for Juventus, Inter, and Manchester City.

New York City will be keeping within the City Football Group family as Domènec Torrent will take over on a deal until the end of the 2020 season. The Spaniard previously served as head coach of Girona FC and assistant caach at Barcelona FC and Bayern Munich. Most recently been Pep Guardiola’s top assistant at s Manchester City FC.

Wood on the move?

Bobby Wood could be on the move after a rough season for relegated Hamburg where he scored two goals. According to Kicker, Hannover manager André Breitenreiter wants to bring in Wood on a loan that includes an option to buy. Hannover recently finished in 13th place in the Bundesliga. Wood recently played for the U.S. team for two friendlies against Ireland and France. He scored the U.S. team's goal in a 2-1 loss to Ireland and started in a 1-1 draw against France. 

Mexico’s merry-go-round

Liga MX is typically a league with heavy player turnover in the summer. Many Americans in the league have historically played for numerous different clubs.

Omar Gonzalez moved from Pachuca to Club Atlas. Jose Francisco Torres moved from Tigres to Pachuca. Michael Orozco moved from Club Tijuana to Lobos BUAP.

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