American Exports: Birthday boy Tim Ream showered in praise as Bolton Wanderers beat Birmingham City

Could Tim Ream be one of the surprise call-ups for the USMNT's final two World Cup qualifiers?

The former New York Red Bulls defender, who's had a nondescript stint with Bolton Wanderers since joining them on a transfer in January 2012, is now enjoying his best-ever spell with the English second-division side.

It continued on Saturday as he figured prominently at central defender in Bolton's 2-1 away win at Birmingham City against fellow American Jonathan Spector, who also registered 90 minutes.

Ream, who celebrated his 27th birthday on Saturday, earned praise for his performance at centerback as Wanderers halted their worst-ever start to a season with their first win in the second-tier English Championship (1-5-5, 8pts).

With USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann seemingly settled on a centerback corps of Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes) and challengers Michael Orozco-Fiscal (Puebla) and John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Ream will have his work cut out for him to break through.

Klinsmann's latest round of call-ups is expected on Sunday and Ream will hope he's made his selections that much tougher.