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Geoff Cameron Puts Chicharito in His Pocket

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Week 30 Goal of the Week Nominee: Geoff Cameron

Geoff Cameron

  • DOB July 11, 1985
  • Age 29
  • Place of birth Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • POSITION Defender
  • HEIGHT 6'3"
  • WEIGHT 185
  • U.S. CAPS 30
  • CLUB Stoke City
  • TWITTER @GeoffCameron (196K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 6
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 9
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Geoff Cameron can play central midfield, center back, or on the right side of the field. The strong, fast, skilled player is just that: a soccer player. Cameron never experienced the hype of some of his peers, but his multifaceted skill set is launching his career to impressive new heights.

The versatility has helped Cameron fit in wherever he goes. After spending four years in college (two at West Virginia and two at the University of Rhode Island), the Houston Dynamo drafted him 42nd in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. Cameron quickly made himself a fixture on the substitute sheet and a spot starter, working his way onto the Rookie of the Year finalist list. (He lost out to Sean Franklin.) Cameron made the All Star team in 2009 and earned his first international cap in February 2010, but was slowed later that year by a knee injury. He returned for the second half of the season, however, and found his way back into the heart of the Dynamo formation.

Cameron broke out during the 2011 season. He played in the All Star Game against Manchester United and earned another call to the American camp, this time headed by Jurgen Klinsmann. He went 90 minutes against Venezuela, earning praise from the coach. After a strong start to the 2012 MLS year, Stoke City came calling. The club paid a $2.7 million transfer fee for him, up from the $1 million they initially offered. In England, Cameron made an immediate impact and showed well wherever Stoke City deployed him, which has usually been at right back.

On the American squad, Cameron rocketed up the United States depth chart with strong performances in central defense against Mexico in Estadio Azteca and against Jamaica in World Cup qualifying. He has started all six games since Mexico. Against El Tri, Cameron didn't know he was starting until late: "I prefer being thrown in as I didn’t have time to sit down and think I was about to go and mark Chicharito and worry that he is a hundred times better than me," he told ESPN.com. It didn't matter as Cameron and the U.S. shut out Mexico.

At the World Cup in Brazil Cameron again flashed his versatility, starting at both center back and defensive midfield. He's still young enough to play a role for the U.S. in the cycle for Brazil, though he'll have to keep his place in the starting lineup for his club to do so and as he ages he'll likely need to play more centrally than at fullback.—NOAH DAVIS

Noteworthy Reads

Cameron Ready for Big Show (FoxSoccer.com)
The Adaptable Geoff Cameron (ESPN.com)
Geoff Cameron Shines in Stoke City Debut (NESN.com)
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