When the United States faces Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday in an international soccer match, St. Louis U. will come out on top either way.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann named former Billiken defender Tim Ream to his roster for the squad and, a few days earlier, another former SLU player, forward Vedad Ibisevic, had been named to the Bosnian roster.
Though SLU has had many players represent their countries before, it’s the first time two SLU players will play each other in an international match.
While Ibisevic will almost certainly play for Bosnia, whether Ream gets on the field is another matter. While he had become a semi-regular under previous coach Bob Bradley, this is the first time he’s been called in since October 2011, shortly after Klinsmann took over. Ream, who plays in England for Bolton Wanderers, has played just 18 minutes under Klinsmann.
Ibisevic, who went to Roosevelt High, played one season at SLU, 2003, before going pro with Paris St.-Germain. Ream, who went to St. Dominic, was at SLU from 2006 to 2009 before going pro with the New York Red Bulls.
The game starts at 1:30 p.m. (St. Louis time) on Wednesday and will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.
The U.S. roster for the game:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
SOURCE: St. Louis Post Dispatch
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