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Geoff Cameron

Men's National Team
  • PositionDefender
  • Date of BirthJuly 11, 1985
  • Height6-3
  • Weight185
  • ClubStoke City (England)
  • World CupCaps: 3
    Goals: 0
  • CareerCaps: 30
    Goals: 1
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Cameron is a huge fan of all Boston sports and attended a 1994 World Cup game at Foxborough Stadium

Playing History

USMNT

Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and started against Ghana and Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. MNT as a center back and in the Round of 16 against Belgium in the midfield
Now a Stoke City player, Cameron’s was prevalent in the USMNT lineup in 2013, as he shuffled between right back, center back and even the midfield
He made 12 appearances in total, starting in six World Cup qualifiers.
He scored his first and only goal for the USMNT in a 4-2 loss against Belgium on May 29, 2013:  His World Cup qulifying debut came on June 12, 2012, entering as a central defender at halftime in a 1-1 draw against Guatemala
Cameron started every single game for the rest of the year, including the 1-0 win over Mexico in Aug. 2012, and the quartet of World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica (twice), Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala
After going through 2011 without a single call-up, Cameron broke through on the USMNT in 2012. He started it off with a healthy January camp, then earned a pair of caps against Venezuela and Panama on Jan. 21 and Jan. 25
He made his U.S. national team debut on Feb. 24, 2010, in a friendly against El Salvador, entering in the 86th minute as a substitute for Robbie Rogers
He was also called into the 2010 January camp, but didn’t make the roster for the friendly that followed.
Cameron had previously been called into a camp in Jan. 2009, but was injured after just a few days into his stint there

Youth National Teams

No involvement with U.S. youth squads

Professional

So far in the 2013/14 season, Cameron has made 23 appearances in the Premier League and four Cup appearances, featuring as Stoke’s right back all but one time. 
He scored his first goal for Stoke City against Arsenal on September 22, 2013
Returned to play his old club in the summer of 2013
Halfway through the 2012 MLS season, Cameron was linked to a move abroad, and was sold to Stoke City at the end of July that year
Started and played the full 90 minutes at right back in a 0-0 draw against Arsenal on August 26
In his first season in the Premier League, Cameron made a total of 35 appearances, and 38 in all competition for the Potters.
Les the team in scoring with a career-high five goals and five assists in 2011 
He passed the century mark for games played in a Dynamo uniform, starting and appearing in 33 games, helping lead the Dynamo to an MLS Cup appearance
Injury marred Cameron’s 2010 campaign, as he tore his PCL at the start of the season
Returned to make 15 starts, featuring mostly in central midfield, and scored three times
After the 2010 season, he had a training stint in the UK with Nottingham Forest.
After his strong season as a rookie, Cameron took a step forward in 2009, featuring mostly as a center back
He made 22 starts in defense, five as a center mid, two at right midfield
Overall, started 29 of 30 games, scoring two goals and adding six assists
Named to MLS Best XI and to the All Star team
He was a runner up for 2009 MLS Defender of the Year.
In his rookie season, he played in the MLS, SuperLiga, Champions’ Cup, Open Cup and Champions League
Played in 23 league games overall, making eight starts, scoring once and adding two assists
Cameron was named as a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year
He scored a goal in his first professional start, tying the game with a last minute goal against rival FC Dallas on April 26.
More or less an unknown coming out of college, Cameron enjoyed a solid MLS combine and was the 42nd overall draft pick, heading to the Houston Dynamo in the third round

Youth Clubs/College

Cameron played two seasons in college at West Virginia before transferring to Rhode Island for his final two seasons
Played predominately in the midfield in college, making 77 appearances, scoring ten goals and adding 10 assists in his four seasons
He spent a summer playing in the USL PDL for the Rhode Island Stingrays
Cameron played two years in the midfield for Attleboro High School from 2000-02, and Providence Country Day School 2002-03, where he amassed 51 goals and 92 assists in his four seasons 
He played youth soccer for Bayside United and Attleboro Youth Soccer in Massachusetts

Honors earned

2011 MLS All Star
2009 MLS Best XI
2009 MLS All Star (First XI)
2008 MLS Rookie of the Year finalist
2008 Houston Dynamo Newcomer of the Year
Atlantic 10 midfielder of the year (2007)

Career Club History Map

Credit to Dad

Cameron pays tribute to his father for his success, and has a saying that his dad instilled in him: discipline, dedication, desire, or the three D's.

His dad coached Geoff early on, before simply overseeing his development as an involved parent.  He made sure he worked hard, trained and ate right, but also made sure that burnout never was an issue for Geoff.

Says his father: “Looking back, I’ve also added a fourth...Dream.  As a little kid, playing soccer was fun, but he ran into Ernie Stewart at a demonstration. At that event, he got to juggle with the U.S. MNT player. With that event, and a brand new Stewart-signed Nike ball, he had a dream to follow. He ended up playing with that ball, rubbing the name off of it.” 

“Geoff is fun, a pretty loose guy.  He’s very fortunate and he knows it.  From an early age, Geoff new he wanted to be a pro soccer player and he’s living that dream.” 

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Giving Back

Giving Back

Cameron makes it a point to give back to the community in which he is playing. 

While with the Dynamo, he worked with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their Man of the Year campaign in 2012.  It was fairly common for him to be involved with charities in the Houston area, as he set out to raise $20,000 for the Fisher House and Ronald McDonald. After the transfer to Stoke City, he wrote an open letter to the fans, thanking them for their support. 

Like he did during his days with the Dynamo, Cameron makes a point to give back to the community surrounding Stoke City, paying visits to the elderly in the region.


“He ran into Ernie Stewart at a demonstration. At that event, he got to juggle with the U.S. MNT player. With that event, and a brand new Stewart-signed Nike ball, he had a dream to follow. He ended up playing with that ball, rubbing the name off of it.”

Interests and Superstitions

Cameron has many interests and hobbies, as well as many superstitions. Cameron is very superstitious, to the point where he has “self-diagnosed” with OCD. He is so “OCD” that he color coordinates his underwear.

His girlfriend, Lindsay, used to mess with him but now has joined in. She says: “When we dated in college, I was amazed by how organized everything was.  I always made a point to mess things up.  I thought it was so funny.  I’m at the point now, however, where I’m the same.  I’m like, ‘Look what you’ve done to me! He has very specific pregame superstitions, from the meal to how he goes about his day. On gamedays, I make myself scarce. It’s all routine for us both in order for him to be most comfortable.”

Cameron also talks to his dad for about a minute before every game.

One of his main hobbies is cooking. He learned to cook from his mom and dad and reads cooking books all the time. He tries things all the time and admits that some work out, some don’t.
His favorite dish is grilled veggies, his dad’s pilaf and balsamic grilled chicken

Says his dad:  “Like Geoff, I have to watch my diet.  We both also enjoy good food and sharing ideas and recipes.”

His girlfriend bought him a GQ cooking book.  “He’s a great cook," Lindsay said. "I say he makes a great housewife in that he has OCD and is a great cook!  We used to go out a lot, but now we prefer to stay in and try new recipes.”

“Geoff has really adjusted to Europe very well, because of his focus on soccer," adds his dad. "He doesn’t view living in England as being a tourist.  Right now, he remains focused on training, diet, relaxation and keeping in touch with his family.”

One of Cameron’s favorite athletes is Edgar Davids, the former Dutch International, though he was also a fan of Real Madrid's Zidane, and Manchester United's Eric Cantona.

His favorite TV show's include Entourage,  Rescue Me and Workaholics. He prefers action movies.


Overview
National Teams
Professional
Personal

Converted midfielder Geoff Cameron has flourished both professionally and internationally with his move to the defense, combining his ability to read the game, strong skills on the ball and physical attributes as an important anchor at right back. Cameron continued to shine in 2013 after a breakout 2012 campaign for the U.S. Men’s National Team that catapulted him to the Premier League with Stoke City.

-Started against Ghana and Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. MNT as a center back and in the Round of 16 against Belgium in the midfield

-Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

-Had a banner year in 2013 with club and country, posting career highs in caps (12), starts (10) and minutes (938) and scoring his first goal with the U.S. MNT as well as solidifying himself as the starting right back for Stoke City

-Debuted for the USA in 2010 during the team’s 2-1 win against El Salvador in Tampa, Fla.

-Started nine games and played in 10, ranking third in minutes played (812) in 2012 for the U.S. MNT

-Was a finalist for 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2009 MLS Defender of the Year

2014: Started against Ghana and Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. MNT as a center back and in the Round of 16 against Belgium in the midfield ... Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Has appeared and started five games for the U.S in 2014, including against Ghana on June 16 to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... 2013: Ingrained himself as an important, versatile piece of the U.S. MNT’s backline, surpassing his career highs with 12 caps, 10 starts and 938 minutes played … Scored his first international goal for the U.S. in a 4-2 friendly loss to Belgium on May 29 … Started six of the eight FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in which he appeared as well as all four friendlies … 2012: In his first significant year with the U.S. MNT, posted nine starts in 10 games played and logged 812 minutes … Ranked third on the team in minutes behind only goalkeeper Tim Howard and midfielder Jermaine Jones … 2010: Made his debut for the U.S. MNT on Feb. 24, playing the final five minutes of a 2-1 win against El Salvador in Tampa, Fla. … 2009: Called into training camp in January – his first-call-up at any level – but injured his hamstring on the second day of camp … First Appearance: Feb. 24, 2010, vs. El Salvador … First Goal: May 29, 2013, vs. Belgium

2013: Became the first choice right back for Stoke City … Scored his first Premier League goal on Sept. 22 in a 3-1 loss to Arsenal … 2012: Secured a transfer from Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo to Stoke City of the Premier League in August … Made his Premier League and Stoke City debut on Aug. 26, 2012, going the full 90 minutes as a central midfielder en route to a scoreless draw against Arsenal  … Went on to start 29 of his 35 appearances in the 2012/13 season for Stoke … Had two assists and started in 15 games in his fifth season with the Houston Dynamo … 2011: Was Houston’s team leader with a career-high five goals and five assists in 33 games and was an MLS All-Star … In the postseason, played in every minute of all four playoff games as the Dynamo advanced to the MLS Cup final … 2010: Missed nearly four months because of a PCL tear in April but returned to post three goals over 15 starts and 16 games … 2009: Moved into a starting center back role and was an MLS Defender of the Year candidate, named to the MLS First XI and MLS All-Star First XI … Started in 29 games, 22 on the defensive side, and had a career-high six assists … 2008: Was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year, posting a goal, two assists and eight starts in 23 games played … Made his MLS debut during Houston’s season opener at the New England Revolution on March 29, coming on as a sub in front of family and friends from nearby Attleboro, Mass.


Favorite athlete is former Dutch international Edgar Davids ... Enjoys drawing, table tennis, dancing and listening to music ... The predominantly right-footed player is naturally left-handed.Spent two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to Rhode Island .. Earned Atlantic 10 Conference Midfielder of the Year in 2007 after tallying two goals and three assists.


College – Spent two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to Rhode Island … Earned Atlantic 10 Conference Midfielder of the Year in 2007 after tallying two goals and three assists.

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