Cameron Sees Similarities Between Dynamo And Stoke

Written by Ian Thomson
Cameron giving chase during Houston’s 2-1 win over Philadelphia Union on June 30 (Photo: Nigel Brooks)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Houston Dynamo’s Geoff Cameron expects to hear later Friday whether Major League Soccer has accepted Stoke City’s $2.7 million bid for the United States national team defender.

The move would allow Cameron to realize one of his long-held dreams – playing professionally in one of Europe’s top soccer countries. While a move to England’s Premier League represents a significant step up from MLS, the 27-year-old sees parallels between The Potters and his current side that could ease his potential transition.

“They’re a hard-nosed team similar to Houston Dynamo,” Cameron told The Soccer Observer Thursday during a telephone interview. “They’re a pretty tough team to beat at home. They like to get the ball wide and whip it into the box for guys like Peter Crouch to get his head onto.

“They’re a hard-working team and that’s one thing I’m used to with the Dynamo.”

U.S. Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called Cameron up as a center-back in recent internationals – a position that the Attleboro, Mass. native reverted to in Houston after starting his career as a midfielder. Stoke’s strength in central defense with the pairing of Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth could see manager Tony Pulis opt to use Cameron’s passing skills higher up the field. Playing in different roles won’t faze the two-time MLS All-Star.

“I’ve been doing that with the Dynamo for a while,” Cameron said. “With the national team all I want to do is play center-back. That’s where I think the best opportunity is for me to make the World Cup team.

“I haven’t talked to (Stoke) about that. I just want to be on the field.”

Cameron will be available for Houston’s clash with Eastern Conference rival D.C. United Sunday should there be no development with his proposed transfer.  He missed the Dynamo’s scoreless ties with Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City earlier this month due to tightness in his left hamstring.