Tim Ream had never watched a professional soccer team be relegated until last week, and it was a scene that left him feeling like he had never felt before.
The American defender watched Blackburn's recent loss to Wigan, the match that sealed Rovers' relegation fate, and Ream felt a pain in his gut. It wasn't just the images of dejected players and devastated Blackburn fans that hit him, it was the knowledge that his own team, Bolton, could face a similar fate on Sunday.
"I don't know if anybody who follows American sports like basketball, baseball or American football would even understand what (relegation) is like," Ream said. "You watch the [Blackburn] game and as the game progresses and Wigan scores, you see Blackburn and how they react.
"The pit that I had in my stomach watching them be relegated was something I've never experienced," Ream said. "You don't get that watching a playoff game in MLS. I can't compare it to ...