Geoff Cameron

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Geoff Cameron
Austria vs. USA 2013-11-19 (134).jpg
Cameron with the United States national team in 2013
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Scott Cameron[1]
Date of birth (1985-07-11) July 11, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Stoke City
Number 20
Youth career
2004–2005 West Virginia Mountaineers
2006–2007 Rhode Island Rams
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Rhode Island Stingrays 33 (8)
2008–2012 Houston Dynamo 116 (11)
2012– Stoke City 72 (2)
National team
2010– United States 30 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:02, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Geoffrey Scott "Geoff" Cameron (born July 11, 1985) is an American soccer player who plays for Premier League side Stoke City and the United States national team.

Cameron began playing college soccer with the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Rhode Island Rams, as well as USL Premier Development League side Rhode Island Stingrays, before being drafted by Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo in 2008. After an impressive second season in professional soccer Cameron was named as MLS Best XI in 2009 and helped Houston reach the final of the MLS Cup in 2011 as they lost 1–0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy. In August 2012 he joined English Premier League side Stoke City.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cameron was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts and played youth soccer for Bayside FC.[2] He attended Attleboro High School and Providence Country Day School before choosing West Virginia University for college. After making 28 starts in two seasons at West Virginia Mountaineers, Cameron transferred to the University of Rhode Island for his junior and senior years.[2] Cameron was an immediate starter and helped the Rhode Island Rams beat Rutgers in the 2006 NCAA tournament, scoring in a shootout.[2] As a senior in 2007, Cameron was named midfielder of the Year in the Atlantic 10 Conference and was a first-team all-Mid Atlantic Region selection. During his college years, Cameron also played for Rhode Island Stingrays in the USL Premier Development League where he played 33 times in two seasons scoring eight goals.[2]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

Cameron was drafted by the Houston Dynamo in the third round (42nd overall) in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.[3] He made his professional debut on March 29, 2008, coming on as a substitute in a 3–0 defeat against the New England Revolution.[3] In his first home appearance, on April 6, he scored a last-minute goal to help the Dynamo to a 3–3 draw with FC Dallas.[3] He became a regular substitute and sometimes starter for the Dynamo by mid-season.

Cameron playing for Houston Dynamo

On October 31, 2008 it was announced that Cameron was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year along with Sean Franklin and Kheli Dube.[4] Cameron played a key role for Houston in the CONCACAF Champions League and North American SuperLiga in 2008 and ended his debut season with 32 appearances, as the Dynamo reached the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs but lost to New York Red Bulls in the semi-final. During the season Cameron also played for the reserves, helping them to win the MLS Reserve League.[3]

Cameron became a regular for Houston in the 2009 season playing mostly at centre-back. He missed just one match in the regular season as Houston again made the play-offs.[3] They edged past Seattle Sounders 1–0 before losing 2–0 to Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference final.[3] Cameron was selected for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game in Sandy, Utah, and he played all 90 minutes in the 1–1 draw with English Premier League side Everton. Cameron was also named in the MLS Best XI for the 2009 season.[3]

During the 2010 season, Cameron suffered a knee injury that kept him out for half of the season. He returned in August after undergoing knee surgery, and scored a 70th minute header from a free kick by Brad Davis against D.C. United in the Dynamo's 3–1 win on September 25. His was restricted to 17 appearances in the 2010 season. Houston had a poor campaign and finished in 7th position.[3]

In the 2011 season, Cameron returned to the squad as Houston experienced a much better campaign, qualifying for the play-offs after finishing in 2nd position. After beating Philadelphia Union over two legs, they defeated Sporting Kansas City 2–0 to reach the final of the MLS Cup against the Los Angeles Galaxy.[3] Cameron played the full 90 minutes as Houston lost 1–0. Cameron's performances during the season saw him named in the 2011 MLS All-Star Game against Manchester United where the MLS All-Stars lost 4–0.[3] Cameron played 15 games in the 2012 season before moving to England in the summer of 2012.[3]

Stoke City[edit]

Cameron agreed to join English Premier League club Stoke City on July 25, 2012 with the deal subject to a successful work permit appeal,[5] which was granted on August 8.[6] He played in his first match for Stoke in a 1–1 draw with German side SpVgg Greuther Fürth in a pre-season friendly.[7] He missed the opening match of the season away at Reading due to visa issues.[8] He made his Premier League debut in a 0–0 draw against Arsenal on August 26, 2012.[9] He has impressed since his arrival in England and has begun to play at right back, a position which Cameron is enjoying learning about.[10] He also described playing in the Premier League as "pretty special".[11] Cameron played 38 times for Stoke in 2012–13 as they finished in 13th position in the Premier League.[12] After the season finished Cameron admitted that towards the end of the season he began to struggle with fatigue after playing competitive football for 18 straight months.[13]

At the end of the season Tony Pulis left by mutual agreement and was replaced by Mark Hughes. Cameron stated that he wanted to try and impress Hughes at centre-back.[14] Cameron remained at right-back and scored his first goal for Stoke on September 22, 2013 in a 3–1 defeat against Arsenal.[15][16] Cameron continued to be a key player in his attacking full-back role under Hughes and provided an assist for Peter Crouch in a 2–1 win over Aston Villa on December 21, 2013.[17][18] Cameron scored a rare goal on March 23, 2014 in a 4–1 win at Aston Villa.[19] Cameron played 41 times for Stoke in 2013–14 as they finished in 9th position in the Premier League.[20]

International career[edit]

Cameron (left) playing for the United States in 2013

Cameron received his first call up to train with the senior United States national team in January 2009, but he was injured during the first week and was unable to play in the team's friendly against Sweden. He participated again in training with the team in Carson, California in January 2010, leading up to a friendly match against Honduras. Cameron did not play in that match, but he was again called into camp for the February 24, 2010 game against El Salvador in Tampa, Florida. He appeared as a substitute in the 86th minute for Robbie Rogers, recording his first cap for the national side, nearly scoring on a blazing strike that narrowly went over the bar.[21] In December 2011, Cameron was called up to coach Jürgen Klinsmann's camp. On January 21, 2012, he went 90 minutes in a friendly against Venezuela. Cameron scored his goal for the national team on May, 29 in a 4–2 defeat against Belgium.[22]

Cameron was a part of the United States national team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He started as central defender during the team's first two group stage games against Ghana and Portugal. He was benched for the third game against Germany. In the Round of 16 defeat against Belgium, Cameron started in right midfield.

Style of play[edit]

Cameron (center) at the announcement of the 20 for 20 campaign in 2011.

A versatile player who is currently featured as center back but can also play as defensive and attacking midfielder, Cameron has become known for his combination of aerial ability, man marking and composure on the ball.[23] Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes that Cameron has the ability to succeed in English football.

"Geoff has the mentality and all the skill-sets to succeed . . . Stoke and England are getting a quality player that they can be excited to see. He's good with the ball, he reads the game well and he's not going to lose possession of the ball while under pressure. If you're playing with Geoff Cameron, be prepared to play with the ball. He has the physical attributes to bang when he needs to but he also has a real confidence in the way he handles the ball and the way he passes out of the back."

—Former USA international and ESPN pundit Alexi Lalas speaks highly of Geoff Cameron.[24]

Personal life[edit]

During his time at Houston Dynamo, Cameron took part in a series of community service efforts to raise money for local charitable organizations in 2011 and 2012. The 20 for 20 campaign was started in September 2011 when Cameron, who wore the No. 20 jersey in Houston, announced a goal to raise a total of $20,000 for the Fisher House and Ronald McDonald House of Houston.[25] In March 2012, Cameron and the Dynamo announced the return of the 20 for 20 campaign with the same initial goal of $20,000, with proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.[26] Growing up Cameron supported English side Manchester United and Italian side Juventus.[27] Since living in England Cameron has participated in local community work.[28] Cameron spoke of his horror at the Boston Marathon bombings as some of his family live close to where the attack took place.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 11 May 2014[30]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rhode Island Stingrays 2005 USL PDL 13 4 0 0 13 4
2006 USL PDL 16 4 0 0 16 4
2007 USL PDL 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 33 8 0 0 33 8
Houston Dynamo 2008 Major League Soccer 23 1 1 0 8 0 32 1
2009 Major League Soccer 29 2 2 2 6 0 37 4
2010 Major League Soccer 16 3 0 0 1 0 17 3
2011 Major League Soccer 33 5 0 0 4 0 37 5
2012 Major League Soccer 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 116 11 3 2 19 0 138 13
Stoke City 2012–13[12] Premier League 35 0 2 0 1 0 38 0
2013–14[20] Premier League 37 2 2 0 2 0 41 2
Total 72 2 4 0 3 0 0 0 79 2
Career total 221 21 7 2 3 0 19 0 250 23
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the MLS Cup Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League and North American SuperLiga.

International[edit]

As of match played 1 July 2014[31]
National team Year Apps Goals
United States
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 10 0
2013 12 1
2014 7 0
Total 30 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 May 29, 2013 Cleveland, Ohio  Belgium 1–1 2–4 Friendly match

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Houston Dynamo

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 32. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Men's Soccer Alum Geoff Cameron". Rhode Island Athletics. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Geoff Cameron". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "MLS announces finalists for 2008 awards". Soccer By Ives. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ "City Close In On Cameron". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cameron Granted Work Permit". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kightly strikes in Stoke draw". Sky Sports. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Geoff Cameron to miss season opener at Reading due to visa issues". The Sentinel. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Geoff Cameron happy to help Potters upset Liverpool's Boston owners". The Sentinel. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Stoke new-boy Cameron: Playing in the Premier League feels pretty special". Goal.com. October 19, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Games played by Geoff Cameron in 2012/13". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cameron's Goal". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Geoff Cameron out to impress new boss Mark Hughes". The Sentinel. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Arsenal 3-1 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Geoff Cameron enjoying his more forward thinking role for the Potters". The Sentinel. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Stoke defender Geoff Cameron delighted with attacking contribution". Sky Sports. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Key man Geoff Cameron will keep sending in crosses". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Geoff Cameron in 2013/14". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "United States 2 - 1 El Salvador". ESPN. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  22. ^ "USMNT 2, Belgium 4 International Friendly Recap". MLS. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  23. ^ Creditor, Avi. "Preseason MLS Power Rankings: Defending champ Galaxy on top". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Cameron tipped for success". ESPN. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Geoff Cameron announces 20 for 20 campaign" (Press release). Houston Dynamo. 09/08/2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Geoff Cameron announces 20 for 20 campaign to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society" (Press release). Houston Dynamo. March 29, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  27. ^ Stoke City Official Matchday Magazine November 24, 2012 v Fulham
  28. ^ "Stoke City's Geoff Cameron visits local community". The Sentinel. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Stoke City's Geoff Cameron speaks of horror at Boston Marathon bombing". The Sentinel. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Geoff Cameron". Soccerbase. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Cameron, Geoff". National Football Teams. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 

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