MLS: Cameron Stays Focused While Hoping For Stoke Move

Written by Ian Thomson
“Free Geoff Cameron” — Dynamo fans displayed a message for MLS during Houston’s 4-0 win over D.C. United Sunday (Photo: Nigel Brooks)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Houston Dynamo’s Geoff Cameron has been in limbo for the past couple of weeks, unsure whether he will be uprooting across the Atlantic Ocean to start a new adventure in the English Premier League or whether he’ll be remaining in Texas for the next couple of years.

Stoke City submitted an offer for the United States national team player’s services to Major League Soccer last month. Dynamo President Chris Canetti has said the club will not stand in Cameron’s way as he pursues further career challenges, but negotiations between the league and The Potters remain unsettled.

“It’s hard dealing with the fact that you don’t have control over your future,” Cameron told The Soccer Observer in a telephone interview last week. “I’ve just tried to stay busy and spend time with my girlfriend, friends and family as much as I can.”

Cameron expected to hear Friday whether Stoke’s bid had been accepted. Instead, reports in the Houston Chronicle suggested that MLS were “strongly leaning toward” keeping the 27-year-old with the Dynamo against the player’s wishes. Cameron played the full 90 minutes for Houston in their 4-0 win over D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium Sunday.

The Attleboro, Mass. native spent a few weeks training with Nottingham Forest in January 2011 when the Championship team were managed by Billy Davies, brother of Cameron’s agent, John.

“I went to a couple of games when I was training with them and the environment, the noise of the fans there, it was great,” Cameron said. “I’m really looking forward to getting over there and experiencing the passion.”

Cameron has been doing some research into the Stoke-on-Trent area, but confessed that he doesn’t want to “get too involved with it because I’ll be really, really disappointed” if the transfer is not completed. Former Dynamo teammate Stuart Holden, who moved to Bolton Wanderers in January 2010, has also offered some advice should Cameron make the switch.

“He said just go in with the same attitude that you went in to the Dynamo,” Cameron said. “Work hard and you’ll adjust to it fine.”

Stoke’s Premier League campaign opens at newly promoted Reading’s Madejski Stadium on August 18. Tony Pulis’ side then face Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United within the next seven games.

“That’s a pretty good group of teams there,” said Cameron, who played against Everton and Manchester United during his two appearances for the MLS All-Star team in 2009 and 2011. It’s a significant step up from what he’s used to facing every week, but that won’t faze him if he gets the opportunity to play.

“Knowing that this is what you dreamed of doing, playing against the best in the world on a consistent basis, the adrenaline kicks in and you’re ready to go,” Cameron said.

Comments: 2

  1. Adam Schoen says:

    Thanks a lot for the article on Cameron and the Dynamo. He had a great game against DC United and I can’t wait to watch him in the EPL.

  2. ithomson75 says:

    Thanks Adam,

    Stoke want him, he wants to go, the Dynamo give their blessing… hopefully it all gets worked in the next few days so he can join Stoke’s U.S. tour next week.