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Rising and Falling

Hot or Not: Geoff Cameron Is Just a Monster

We mean that in a good way. The Stoke defender has himself another solid outing despite the rest of his team's struggles, while a pair of Robbies in England are on their way home.
BY Jon Arnold Posted
January 16, 2013
10:25 AM
Who’s Hot?
Geoff Cameron: Sure, Stoke lost to Chelsea, 4-0, but it was a pretty quiet week for USMNT players and Cameron's performance was notable for a couple of reasons. The first? He wasn’t Jonathan Walters, who had a nightmare match, scoring two goals for the opposing team and failing to convert a penalty for his own. Cameron was the best of Stoke’s typically fortified back four on a day that saw the unit go through some trouble. It’s what Stoke have come to expect from the former Houston Dynamo star, who could be the Premier League signing of the season. Cameron consistently has the most tackles in a match and also aids Stoke’s attack. Jurgen Klinsmann and USMNT fans will hope he seamlessly transitions from the right side at Stoke to the center back spot for the national team. If so, we can see him do this to Chicharito again.

Stuart Holden: Hey, guys! Did you hear Stuart Holden is back? STU-S-A! STU-S-A! Holden played 16 minutes for Bolton in a FA Cup win against Sunderland. It was his first action with the first team since September 20, 2011 because of various knee injuries and setbacks.

Who’s Not?
Robbies who were playing in the Championship: This could be good for both of them, but in a bizarre coincidence–or perhaps a British plot–two American players named Robbie officially left their Football League Championship sides. Both Findley and Rogers had their contracts canceled by mutual consent. That’s nice and all, but it’s probably just like when nobody breaks up with the other person in a relationship. Somebody is going to be getting some shameful texts at a late hour here in about a month.

Robbie Findley, featured in a December Hot or Not column for failing to contribute to his club even after being loaned to League Two side Gillingham, is leaving Nottingham Forest. He’s likely headed to Real Salt Lake, but it’ll be via Portland who took him in the 2010 expansion draft and still owns his MLS rights.

Robbie Rogers is leaving Leeds United where he struggled to get minutes because of an injury and then was loaned to a League One side (sounding familiar?). He made nine appearances for Stevenage but didn’t excel there either. His MLS situation is a bit more complicated, as his former club Columbus Crew get the first crack at Rogers. It’s not yet known if the Crew are interested in the winger, but either way he’s looking at less money than last time he was in MLS as he tries to resurrect his career. If the Crew aren’t interested, he’ll probably find another club, but it’s tough to imagine Rogers in a national team shirt any time soon.

Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) is ASN's CONCACAF correspondent.

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