Bolton acquires U.S., New York defender Ream

English Premier League club Bolton has signed U.S. defender Tim Ream from Red Bull New York, although the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ream, 24, agreed to personal contract terms with Bolton, earned United Kingdom visa approval and passed a physical. He played for New York from 2010-12, made his U.S. debut in November of 2010 and has gone on to earn six more caps.

"This was a hard decision for me considering the fact that I enjoyed playing for the Red Bulls and was looking forward to the upcoming MLS season. However, after consulting with those closest to me, I decided that this was a once in a lifetime chance that I could not pass up," Ream said.

Ream started 28 games last year, only missing time due to international games. Ream was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year in 2010 and was an MLS All-Star last season. He was selected in the second round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

"This was a difficult decision for us as a club, but at the end of the day, we could not turn down this opportunity to help Tim's development as a player," said New York general manager and sporting director Erik Soler.

"He has become a mature professional during his time here and we will fully support him as he moves to Bolton."

Bolton is 17th in the Premiership, one point above the relegation zone.