On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood, midfielder Michael Bradley and defender Geoff Cameron. Each day this week, ussoccer.com will make a case for each of the candidates. Today we look at the contributions of veteran U.S. center back Geoff Cameron.
Veteran defender Geoff Cameron’s presence was felt for both club and country in 2016.
Cameron was a rock at the heart of the U.S. back line in 2016, leading all defenders with 12 appearances, tying the career high he set in 2013. A calming influence in defense, he was one of only two players to appear in every minute of Copa America Centenario and was the only U.S. player to start all six matches of Semifinal Round World Cup Qualifying.
On the defensive side of the ball, the U.S. earned seven of its nine clean sheets with Cameron on the field, while the team’s goals against average per 90 minutes was an impressive 0.83.
Always dangerous in the air on set pieces, Cameron’s clinical header in the MNT’s 4-0 win against Guatemala on March 29 proved crucial in getting the U.S. back on track to advance to the Hex.Read more